Westgate River Ranch Introduces Luxe Teepees

Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo elevates glamping to a new level of luxury with Luxe Teepees

  

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo announced the expansion of its lodging offerings with the addition of 10 Luxe Teepees, offering the next evolution in all-inclusive glamping luxury (glamorous camping).

 Westgate River Ranch Luxe Teepee

The 651-square-foot Luxe Teepees provide guests the pinnacle of luxury living in an outdoor adventure atmosphere.  Each Luxe Teepee can accommodate up to four guests and is uniquely designed with décor themed in Native American style with such comforts as a double-sided stone rock hearth fireplace, screened private patio deck, microwave, mini refrigerator, leather chairs, a king bed, full sleeper sofa and air conditioning and heating. The Luxe Teepees also feature their own private ensuite bathrooms with vanity and porcelain cast iron claw bathtub and shower. In addition, every Teepee has a distinctive name, such as “Dancing Warrior,” “Roaming Buffalo” and “Soaring Eagle.”

 Westgate River Ranch Luxe Teepee

The Luxe Teepees are located in an exclusive area of Westgate River Ranch Resort, clustered around a canopy of 100-year-old oak trees. This new area, named Takoda Village, is designed to embody the warm spirit of the Native American word “Takoda” or “friend to everyone”.  In addition to the Teepees, Takoda Village features an authentic tribal council pavilion built by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This pavilion, known as a Chickee Hut, features a palmetto thatch-roof and is the ideal place for gathering together surrounded by natural Florida beauty with friends and family, just as the Native Americans of the past did.  Complete with outdoor fire pits, swinging hammocks, festoon lighting and outdoor dining tables, Takoda Village offers an idyllic environment for family gatherings, special celebrations or a very special romantic escape.

Included in a stay in the Luxe Teepees is unlimited access to all Westgate River Ranch & Rodeo activities, which include horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, access to the adventure park, airboat rides and more. Teepee guests also receive complimentary use of a golf cart for the duration of their stay and VIP seating for the Saturday night rodeo. Overnight all-inclusive rates for the Luxe Teepees start at $450 per night, based on double occupancy (two night minimum).

 Westgate River Ranch Luxe Teepee

The introduction of the Luxe Teepees builds upon the success of the introduction of glamping tents at Westgate River Ranch & Rodeo in 2013 and an expansion of the glamping inventory in 2014.

“Following the incredible demand and guest feedback from our glamping tents, our guests told us they wanted an even higher-end, all-inclusive experience offering the finest in amenities, luxury and service,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Guests of our Luxe Teepees can expect a five-star hotel experience in a camping setting.”

Guests who book their stay in the Luxe Teepees will enjoy a hassle-free vacation from start to finish, with a concierge dedicated exclusively to assisting Teepee guests from pre-arrival through the completion of their stay. The concierge will provide everything from complimentary morning coffee service and pastry delivery to assistance booking ranch activities.

To celebrate the addition of the Luxe Teepees, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is offering one lucky winner and their guest to be among the very first to experience a Luxe Teepee vacation. Those 21 years of age and older can enter to win a three-day, two-night stay by liking the Westgate River Ranch Facebook page and posting on the page’s timeline why they should be one of the first to experience the Teepees. The contest runs through March 31, 2016. For official rules, visit www.westgatedestinations.com/promos/luxe-life-rules.

The Luxe Teepees join a variety of accommodations currently offered at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, including glamping tents, cabins and lodge suites. For more information, visit www.westgateriverranch.com.

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Unveils All-New Priceless Collection of Music Memorabilia

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Unveils
All-New Priceless Collection of Music Memorabilia as Finale to Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and 15th Anniversary

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Unveils All-New Priceless Collection of Music Memorabilia
Memorabilia experts and rock historians have assembled an entirely new collection of some of the greatest music memorabilia this side of the 20th century at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. From The Rolling Stones, Elvis and The Beatles to Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Santana, the dazzling collection is the finale to the hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation, coinciding with the hotel’s 15th anniversary this year.

Recognized for infusing world-class hospitality with music for more than four decades, the global collection of Hard Rock venues applaud music history through the brand’s signature music memorabilia displays adorning wall to wall. With more than 80,000 legendary pieces, Hard Rock is the curator of the world’s most expansive and priceless music memorabilia collection and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando welcomes guests to enjoy this first-hand music experience.

“As music is a universal language and Hard Rock celebrates music that spans all genres and eras, we wanted the new memorabilia collection to celebrate iconic names in music’s past and present,” says Jerry Fraize, Director of Memorabilia for Hard Rock International.

“The premier display located in the hotel lobby now celebrates the legends of The Beatles and Rolling Stones in an awe-inspiring showcase. Additionally, to enhance the guest experience, we have added QR codes that allow instant access to the history of each piece in this extraordinary collection.”

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Assembles New Memorabilia Case

From the suit John Lennon wore in the Beatles’ classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day’s Night to a latex gown worn by Lady Gaga, the new collection of memorabilia is Hard Rock’s way of paying homage to the power of music and its impact on culture. Highlights of the new collection also include Keith Richards’ five-string guitar used during the Stones’ Some Girls tour; a jumpsuit worn on stage by Michael Jackson during the Jacksons’ 1984 Victory tour; a dress worn by Carrie Underwood in the video for her 2014 hit “Something in the Water” and a mixer, outfit, cake prop and headphones used on stage by Steve Aoki, among other items.

You can take a closer look at all of the pieces in the hotel’s new collection here.

Hard Rock’s renowned collection got its start innocently enough when a regular patron of the Hard Rock Cafe London handed over his beat-up Fender Lead II guitar as an irreverent gift to the burger joint he loved and suggested it would look nice on the wall. Then, another London guitarist and Hard Rock regular sent the cafe his Gibson Les Paul with a note that read, “Mine’s as good as his any day.” The story would have ended there, if the two guitarists were not named Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

Today, Hard Rock has evolved into a brand internationally recognized for world-class entertainment, stylish and contemporary design and unparalleled service. The thread that still unites them all is music. At Universal Orlando Resort, guests of Hard Rock Hotel get to live the rock star lifestyle with an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission. The 650-room hotel, operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts, is located just a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.

For more information or to book a stay at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, visit www.hardrockhotelorlando.com.

 

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Ravello To Host Markham Vineyards Wine Dinner

Ravello Restaurant Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
              Photo: Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

On February 4, 2016, the Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort’s Ravello Restuarant will host an intimate wine dinner with wines by Markham Vineyards and special guest Bryan Del Bondio, President of Markham Vineyards.  There will be a 6 pm reception and a 5-course dinner beginning at 6:45. The cost is $175 per person inclusive of tax & gratuity.  

Ravello Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Interactive Wine Dinner Menu – Feb. 4, 2016 
6pm – Cocktail reception
6:45pm – 5 course dinner

TO START

Pizza Fritta Napoletana

Cauliflower & Hen of the Wood Mushroom
“Budino di Pane” & Prosciutto

Shrimp & Fire Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Paprika & Leek Confit

Wine Pairing: Markham Sauvignon Blanc 2014

PASTA

Paglia e Fieno
Spinach Tagliatelle & Egg Tagliatelle, Wild Mushrooms, Truffle Ragout  

Wine Pairing: Markham Chardonnay 2014

FISH
Mediterranean Herb Roasted Red Snapper
Butternut Squash Caponata, Borlotti Beans, Marjoram and Pine Nuts

Wine Pairing: Winery Only Petit Verdot 2013

MEAT

Piedmont’s NY Steak Tagliata
Sweet Onion Variations, Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salsify, Seara Sauce

Wine Pairing: Markham Cellar 1879 Blend 2013

DESSERT

Blood Orange Pudding
Amaretto Olive Oil Cake & Wild Strawberry Sorbet

Wine Pairing: Winery Only Late Harvest Muscat 2014

For Reservations to this intimate dining experience call the Four Season Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort at 407-313-6161.

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort Hosts Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Weekend

Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Weekends Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Hosts

Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Weekend

The Power Rangers are returning to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort for a SUPER-CHARGED adventure February 13 – 15, 2016!

This action packed Power Rangers Weekend includes the following opportunities:

  • Meet & Greet opportunities – Join the Power Rangers Dino Super Charge for a Meet & Greet photo opportunity.
  • Train Like a Ranger – Join the Power Rangers Dino Super Charge as they show off their training moves and give you tips on how they stay healthy.
  • Episode Viewing – Watch an episode of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge. Episode is shown continuously from 9:00am to approximately 11:00am.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

9:00am – 11:00am – Episode viewing – Studio Nick
1:00pm & 3:00pm – Meet & Greet opportunity – The Mall
5:30pm – Train Like a Ranger – Oasis Pool

Sunday, February 14, 2016

9:00am – 11:00am – Episode viewing – Studio Nick
1:00pm & 3:00pm – Meet & Greet opportunity – The Mall
5:30pm – Train Like a Ranger – Oasis Pool

Monday, February 15, 2016

9:00am – 11:00am – Episode viewing – Studio Nick
1:00pm – Meet & Greet opportunity – The Mall
3:00pm – Train Like a Ranger – Oasis Pool

DAY PASSES are available for the Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Weekend!

Enjoy all day Oasis Pool Water Park Access and scheduled live entertainment. In addition to the above opportunities each guest can enjoy our daily Mass Sliming, Nick LIVE poolside shows and Double Dare LIVE!

Entertainment + Water Park Access Pass

  • $39.95 + tax per person
  • Group of 10 – $249.95 + tax and $29.95 per additional person
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • Parking for (1) car per reservation is included.
  • Additional cars may be subject to $17 per car additional parking fee.

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Please call the hotel directly at 407-387-5438 to purchase your day pass TODAY!

Day Passes are based on hotel occupancy levels, water park capacity, certain restrictions and blackout dates. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

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Disney Vacation Club News: 25th Anniversary Member Special Offers & Experiences

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Disney Vacation Club News:

25th Anniversary Member Special Offers & Experiences

This year the Disney Vacation Club, DVC, will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a ton of member-exclusive events, offers, enhancements, cards, and more!

In my last DVC 25th Anniversary and Beyond post I looked at the special events and how to register for them, and this time I will be sharing some of the special offers and experiences members can take advantage of this year!

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25 Ticket Offer

Disney Vacation Club

Multi-Day Ticket Offer:

Celebrate 25 years and Beyond with a special offer on Magic Your Way tickets—exclusively for Disney Vacation Club Members!

Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase a 4-day or higher theme park ticket from now until March 31, 2016, and receive an additional day for free!

Plus, enjoy the Water Park, Fun & More option for free when you add the Park Hopper option to any multi-day theme park ticket purchase.

This special offer is for Disney Vacation Club Members only, and you can check out the specific details below:

  • Offer available for purchase from January 4, 2016 – March 31, 2016.
  • Multi-day tickets are valid for admission to any one of the 4 theme parks per day.
  • Tickets and any options purchased may be activated at any time and must be used within 14 days of first use.
  • All tickets and options are nontransferable and nonrefundable and exclude activities/events separately priced.
  • Water Parks subject to rehabilitation, seasonal, and weather closures.
  • To receive this offer, you must present your Disney Vacation Club Membership Card, along with a corresponding photo ID(s) to show proof of Membership.
  • Limit of 8 tickets per Member household.

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25 Meber Lounge

Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge:

DVC Members will be able to relax in an all-new Member Lounge that will be opening in late spring 2016 inside of the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot.

Enjoy the benefits and comforts of a pleasant lounge you can call your own.

Make yourself at home in the Member Lounge that features:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Complimentary soft drinks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Charging stations
  • Computers with printers
  • Member Services Advisors

More details about the Member Lounge at Epcot will be coming soon!

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25 Silver Anniversary Sweepstakes

Disney Vacation Club

Silver Anniversary Sweepstakes

Disney Vacation Club has been bringing value to Members’ vacations for 25 years, and now Members have the chance to enter to win one of 25 unforgettable vacations through quarterly drawings in the Disney Vacation Club Silver Anniversary Sweepstakes.

Winners can experience dazzling Disney destinations—and beyond. Prizes may include:

  • Dream vacations at Disney Vacation Club Resorts, including stays in a Bungalow or 3-Bedroom Grand Villa
  • Stays in Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom park
  • A stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite at Disneyland Park
  • Disney Cruise Line sailings
  • Adventures by Disney vacations
  • Domestic or international travel through the RCI® Registry Collection

Here are the Eligibility & Silver Anniversary Sweepstakes Rules:

  • The Disney Vacation Club Silver Anniversary Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and Japan (“Territory”), who are: (i) at least 18 years of age, or the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older, as of date of entry, and (ii) Disney Vacation Club Members prior to January 4, 2016.
  • Officers, directors, and employees, and members of their household or immediate family (i.e., parents, children, spouse, siblings, grandparents, step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings of each), and persons residing in such immediate family members’ household, of Sponsor, Administrator, their respective parent, related, affiliated and subsidiary companies, all other entities involved in the creation, administration, or fulfillment of the Sweepstakes and their respective successors and assigns, are not eligible to enter or win.
  • Participation constitutes full and unconditional agreement to these official rules (“Rules”).
  • Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.
  • Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  • Void in Puerto Rico, all United States Territories and Possessions, Quebec, and where prohibited or restricted by law
  • The sweepstakes consists of four separate entry periods, notated as follows:
    • Period 1: January 4, 2016 – March 31, 2016
    • Period 2: April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
    • Period 3: July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
    • Period 4: October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

    View official rules and eligibility requirements.

Visit the official sweepstakes website for complete details.

In our next Disney Vacation Club 25th Anniversary and Beyond Post we’ll be taking a closer look at the ways you’ll be able to show your Member Pride!

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Disney Vacation Club News: 25th Anniversary Events

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This year the Disney Vacation Club, DVC, will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a ton of member-exclusive events, offers, enhancements, cards, and more!

With so many announcements surrounding the 25th Anniversary, we will be breaking down our coverage of the special events and how to register for them in this post.

Throughout the year, DVC members will have the opportunity to attend exclusive parties around Walt Disney World.

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25 and Beyond Bash

Disney Vacation Club 25 and Beyond Bash

Enjoy an evening of enchantment, entertainment and more as the Magic Kingdom becomes your playground on February 25 and March 3, 2016.

Event highlights include:

  • Access to select attractions in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland—as well as the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square

  • A DJ dance party in Tomorrowland

  • Light refreshments

Event Details

  • Event Location: Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

  • Check-In Location: Magic Kingdom park and Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

  • Dates: February 25 and March 3, 2016

  • Time: Event is from 9:30 PM to midnight; Members and their guests can enter the park as early as 7:00 PM

  • Price: Complimentary

  • Transportation
    Complimentary transportation is available before, during and after the event between Magic Kingdom park and Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World Resort.

  • How to Book
    A reservation is required. Bookings will begin on
    Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Call Member Services
    at 
    (800) 800-9800† to make reservations.

  • Important Details

    – Membership Card and photo ID required at check-in.

    – Complimentary admission to the after-hours event at Magic Kingdom park is valid for the duration of the event, which begins at 9:30 PM. If you wish to enter Magic Kingdom park before 7:00 PM, valid theme park admission is required.

       – Offer is non-transferable.

       – Party size limits apply:

       – For Members with a reservation at a Disney Resort hotel, party size is limited to the Member           and up to the number of guests listed on their Disney Resort hotel reservation

       – For Members without a reservation at a Disney Resort hotel, party size is limited to the                     Member and up to 5 guests.

       – Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

       – This is an open-air facility; experience is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement                  weather.

       – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

       – Members are requested to cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Event may be canceled at the             discretion of Disney Vacation Club due to inclement weather and Guests will be notified via             resort communication.

Disney Vacation Club DVC Neighborhood Beach Bash

Disney Vacation Club Neighborhood Beach Bash

Enjoy an evening of fun, games, dancing and more with exclusive after-hours access to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Event highlights include:

  • Access to select attractions
  • A DJ dance party
  • Beach activities and games
  • Light refreshments

Event Details

  • Location: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

  • Dates: June 23, June 29, July 6 and July 13, 2016

  • Time: Party is from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM; Members and their guests can enter the as early as 7:00 PM

  • Price: Complimentary

  • How to Book
    A reservation is required, and bookings will begin on
    Friday, April 8, 2016.

  • Important Details:

    – Membership Card required at check-in

    – Must be staying at a Disney Resort hotel during the event to book

    – For early admission, use regular bus location to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

    – Offer is non-transferable

    – Party size limit: Member and up to the number of Guests staying in their Disney Resort hotel      accommodations.

    – Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

    – This is an open-air facility; experience is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement             weather.

    – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

    – Members are requested to cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Event may be canceled at the        discretion of Disney Vacation Club due to inclement weather and Guests will be notified via      resort communication.

    – Membership should not be purchased based on Member benefits featured, as they can change    or end without notice.

Disney Vacation Club DVC Safari Spectacular

Disney Vacation Club Safari Spectacular

Members and their guests can take a walk on the wild side at the Disney Vacation Club Safari Spectacular at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!

Event Details

  • Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

  • Dates

        Tuesday, September 6, 2016

        Tuesday, September 13, 2016

        Thursday, September 22, 2016

        Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 PM to midnight 

  • Price: Complimentary

  • How to Book

       A reservation is required, and bookings will begin on July 6, 2016.

  • Important Details

    – Membership Card and photo ID are required at check-in.

    – Offer is non-transferable

    – Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

    – This is an open-air facility; experience is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement             weather.

    – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

    – Members are requested to cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Event may be canceled at the        discretion of Disney Vacation Club due to inclement weather and Guests will be notified via      resort communication.

    – Members visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park prior to the special event will need      valid theme park admission.

Disney Vacation Club DVC Merry Member Mixer

Disney Vacation Club Merry Member Mixers

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the DVC Merry Member Mixers!

Members can bring guests to mingle with fellow Members to celebrate the holidays in style.

The experience highlights include:

  • Meet and greets with some popular Disney Characters dressed in holiday attire

  • A jolly DJ and spirited dancing

  • Complimentary treats

More event details, dates, and location will be posted on DisneyVacationClub.com later in the year.

We are really excited to share more about how the Disney Vacation Club will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary!

 

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Holiday Events At The Rosen Hotels This Season

Rosen Hotels

Holiday Celebrations Are Everywhere at Rosen Hotels This Season

Creative Menus, Family Fun Events, Special Room Rates and Holiday Splendor Available Now Through 2016

St. Nick and his elves, face painting, balloon artists, cookie decorating and even a visit from Mrs. Claus are all part of Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ fabulous holiday events, now through the new year. Coupled with Rosen Hotels’ holiday dining and reasonable room rates, this season’s schedule of fun and food are sure to make the 2015 celebrations bigger and better than ever.

“We always enjoy planning holiday events because we love seeing the faces of the smiling children and happy moms and dads,” said Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Each of our hotels have something unique so I encourage everyone to check their schedules so families can enjoy the things they like best about this wonderful time of the year.”

While there are many things for the children to do, Rosen Hotels has not forgotten that holidays are loved by the young at heart. Champagne toasts and delicious food items have been planned so parents can sit back and enjoy the famous Rosen Hotels’ service and ambiance.

Guests are invited to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Rosen Hotels. Whether it’s a staycation or a few relaxing days during the holidays, Rosen Hotels has a fabulous deal at each of its four leisure hotels. It’s called the Winter Getaway, a chance for guests to save up to 20% on stays of four nights or more. Call any of the hotel numbers below to make reservations.

Holiday events are free of charge to hotels guests and the general public, unless noted below. Here are summaries of the schedules:

ROSEN INN INTERNATIONAL

7600 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-1600

There is something for every child at Rosen Inn International during this holiday season. Children love to transform their faces into superheroes or animals, and a talented artist is ready to help, plus, guests can take a quick trip to the photo booth to capture the special memories they’ll create. As a treat, Sparkle, Santa’s most trusted elf, will be on hand two days before Christmas to play games and visit with the young ones. Here is the schedule:

Face Painting –Wednesday, December 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Photo Booth – Wednesday, December 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Visit with Sparkle – Wednesday, December 23 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

ROSEN INN

6327 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-4444

Let your children’s imagination run wild and give them the time of their lives at Rosen Inn during December. A talented face painters will turn children into a fantastic animal or maybe even a superhero later in the evening. A special photo booth will be available in the lobby later in the month to help guests capture memories on camera. Plus, during Santa’s busiest time of the year, he is sending one of his elves to meet children, play games and take pictures. Here is the schedule:

Face Painting – Friday, December 23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Play Time with Santa’s Elf – Friday, December 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Photo Booth – Tuesday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

ROSEN INN AT POINTE ORLANDO

9000 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-8585

A special Christmas Buffet highlights the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando lineup of holiday events and activities. Guests will feast on roast turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, but will need to save room for the chef’s fabulous desserts (price information below). Young people’s eyes light up every time they see Santa and he will appear in person three times this month, plus special times have been set aside during which children can write letters to St. Nick before dropping their envelopes in Santa’s Mailbox located in the lobby. Even Mrs. Claus will make a couple of appearances during breakfast hours for holiday story time and an ongoing coloring contest. She has promised to take all of the artwork with her to the North Pole for Santa when she returns home later on. Santa is also sending Sparkle the Elf to Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando. Guests will also have the chance to decorate holiday cookies twice this month and, even those who are young at heart will have a couple of special days when it’s time for karaoke and cocktails. Here is the schedule:

Letter Writing to Santa – Mondays, December 14 and 21
Visit From Santa – Tuesdays, December 15 and 22
Holiday Cookie Decorating – Wednesday, December 16
Breakfast and Story Time With Mrs. Claus – Thursday, December 17
Holiday Karaoke & Cocktails –Fridays, December 18
Visit With Sparkle the Elf –
Christmas Dinner Buffet – Friday, December 23, 4:00-9:00 p.m.

CLARION INN LAKE BUENA VISTA

8442 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836, (407) 996-7300

It will be a very special New Year’s Eve this year at Clarion Lake Buena Vista’s Comfort Zone Bar &Grille. Holiday music, plenty of adult beverages and delicious food await guests as they welcome in 2016 (prices and times are shown below). Family fun is available throughout December as balloon artists, photo booths and cookie decorating will be offered, and Robin will dazzle and please every child with her special makeup talents. Santa has made sure that Sparkle, his most trusted elf, stops by the hotel for three visits, while movie nights will get everyone in the holiday spirit. If it’s music guests want, it’s here when local high school jazz and string quartets from Osceola County School for the Arts entertain three times. A holiday tradition, the Nutcracker, will be performed throughout the month giving guests variety and quality events throughout the season. Here’s the schedule:

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Comfort Zone Bar & Grille – Tickets can be purchased at http://www.clarionlbv.com/meetings-events or by calling (407) 996-7300.

Face Painting With Robin – Mondays, December 14 and 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Fun Time with Sparkle, the Elf – Tuesdays, December 15 and 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Balloon Artist – Wednesday, December 16 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Photo Booth –Thursday, December 17 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Karaoke Robin – Friday, December 18 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nutcracker Performance – Saturday, December 19 shows will start at 2:00 p.m.
Movie Night – Movies start 7:00 p.m., December 24 – “Polar Express”
Cookie Decorating at Dinner – Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 23.
Live Musical Performances – Saturday, December 19 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Taking The Polar Bear Plunge At Gaylord Palms ICE!

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Taking the Polar Bear Plunge at Gaylord Palms ICE! to Benefit Special Olympics Florida

While we may not have a traditional winter, you can take part in the ultimate frozen challenge at the Gaylord Palms Resort as ICE! hosts a very special Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Florida!

Polar Plunge Gaylord Palms ICE! Special Olympics Florida

(I actually took the Polar Bear Plunge in 2013, and it was really fun!!!)
Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

Guests age 21 and older can visit Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday, December 18, and zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills, jaunt through the 9-degree ICE! attraction and plummet down the two-story ice slides wearing only a bikini or board shorts! The adrenaline rush begins at 8 p.m. when guests are welcomed with a VIP reception, two hours of unlimited access to cosmic snow tubing, the ICE! plunge, and a post-event hot chocolate warm up station.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015Polar Bear Plunge tickets are $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015What to wear
To get the full Orlando Polar Bear Plunge experience, inductees are encouraged to experience the ICE! and Snow Tubing attractions in their swimsuits for the full chill, but summer clothing such as shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn. Swimsuits must be in good taste, and shoes are required. Along with wearing swimsuits, guests are strongly encouraged to wear hats, gloves, warm socks and other cold-weather accessories. Don’t forget to bring your ugliest Christmas sweater to keep you warm while you wait.

Make Memories. Share Memories.
Don’t leave home without a camera! Guests are encouraged to capture their experiences and share their photos on Twitter and Instagram using #CAGP15. Photos may even be featured on one of the resort’s Central Florida billboards!

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The Polar Bear Plunge is a part of Christmas at Gaylord Palms which is open daily through Jan. 3, 2015, including holidays. To purchase tickets and for a schedule of entertainment, visit www.ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com.
Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746. For more information, visit www.gaylordpalms.com or call 407-586-4423.

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10 Things To Know On The Go: ICE! Featuring Twas The Night Before Christmas

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10 Things To Know On The Go:

ICE! Featuring Twas The Night Before Christmas

It’s no secret that I love experiencing Christmas at Gaylord Palms, and that going to ICE! is something I look forward to every year.

So being somewhat of an ICE!pert, I thought I would share 10 Things to Know On The Go to help make your visit to ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas awesome!

1. 9 DEGREES!

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Yes you read that correctly, ICE! is 9 Degrees! And while the use of a lovely blue parka is included in your admission, you will want to plan your visit inside ICE! to last around 30-40 minutes to ensure that you aren’t uncomfortable during the experience.

2. Dress

While the temperature inside the attraction is chilly, dressing to be comfortable both inside and out can be a bit of a challenge as you may be walking into the Gaylord Palms from temperatures near 80.

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My best suggestion is to wear lots of layers and to have a change of shoes in the car for after your visit, as it will feel a lot warmer outside when you are done.

3. Shoes

Now some of this shoe talk may be common sense, but I have seen it all so I wanted to make sure you’re prepared.

Closed toe shoes are required to enter the attraction, but don’t feel like you have to wear boots because the walkways are carpeted.

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I suggest wearing a pair of comfortable shoes that you are comfortable walking in that can be worn with thick socks.

Cold feet are no fun!

4. Taking Pictures

Taking pictures inside ICE! is a lot of fun, and you will want to take a ton of them!

Try to keep your phone as close to your body as possible when it isn’t in use to keep it warm, because the colder your battery it is the quicker it drains.

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You can also expect to experience a “fogging” of the lens when exiting from ICE! into warmer temperatures. This, however, usually goes away once the camera warms up.

Please check the manufacturer information regarding the cold tolerance of your camera equipment.

5. Ice Slides

What would a visit be without a trip down one of the 4 Ice Slides located inside the attraction.

There are 2 ‘adult’ slides which are larger and 2 ‘Child’ slides appropriate for little ones under 4 years or under 40” which are a ton of fun.

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Just make sure that you follow the directions of the slide operators and make sure you are prepared to stay in this room for quite some time as one slide is never enough.

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My pro-tip for sliding is to make sure you get a slightly larger parka before you enter the attraction, because you can sit on the parka and lean slightly back to travel a little faster down the slide.

6. On the Blocks

‘Chill out’ at On The Blocks—the exclusive bar inside ICE!  where Adults 21+ can enjoy a sampling of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Goose Island Beer plus a choice of a Maker’s Mark or Absolut specialty drink, or Hidden Crush Cabernet or Chardonnay, served in a souvenir glass—yours to keep!

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Inside On the Blocks you will also find ambient lighting, music, and fun photo opportunities.

There is an additional cost of $15.95, which includes gratuity, to go inside On the Blocks, but it is a great way to add a VIP touch to your visit!

7. Wheelchairs & Strollers

The ICE! attraction is accessible by both wheelchairs and strollers. Although a limited number of wheelchairs are available on site, to minimize waiting times you are encourage to bring your own.

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8. Cirque Dreams UnWrapped and More!

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms is MUCH more than just ICE! You can check out all that there is to experience here.

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9. Tickets (& Discounts)

So I have put all the information and discount offers on ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas together for you so you can weigh your options!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015

Advance Purchase

Freezin’ Season Pass – (ICE! ONLY)

All-season pass to ICE!, including front of the line priority access.

Adult: $55

Child: $35

Adult with Parking:$90

Florida Residents Offer (ICE! tickets only)

Save an additional $4 per ticket for advance tickets, and save $3 on regular ticket sales. Use promo code FLR15 when you book your tickets to save**! Offer valid on the purchase of ICE! tickets only.
Marriott Rewards Member Offer — Discount on ICE! Tickets

Save 20% on ICE! tickets by using promo code MRICE15**.
Discount available:

  • Sunday – Thursday
  • November 24 – December 17

Tickets are available online, via phone or at the Box Office.

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Special Promotional Pricing – Box Office Only

Hero Offer

The program is for first responders and their families (military, fire, police).
Price:

  • Adult: $22.99**
  • Child: $8.99**

Dates: Every day
Purchase:
ICE! Box Office only

Chill Pass

Go straight to the front of the line with the Chill Pass!
Price: $9.99/person (add-on above regular ticket price)

Dates: Any day of the week

Purchase: ICE! Box Office only

Includes: Priority Access, plus one (1) cup of hot cocoa

All prices subject to sales tax and $2.00 facility fee.

** Not valid with any other offers or discounts. **

10. Parking

Parking at the Gaylord Palms is not included with admission, and the cost of self-parking is $20.00 plus tax and Valet parking is $27.00 plus tax.

HOWEVER, if you are planning on making a day of your visit to the Gaylord Palms the Resort Restaurants will validate your parking for a MUCH lower cost.

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Make sure you share all of your great ICE! photos using the #CAGP15 and your picture could be chosen to be shared on one of their digital billboards!

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I hope that all of this information helps make your visit to ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas awesome!

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10 Things To Know On The Go: Christmas At The Gaylord Palms

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10 Things To Know On The Go:

Christmas At The Gaylord Palms

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms is underway, and it is one of our favorite places to go to celebrate the Holiday Season!

With so many new and enhanced things to experience during Christmas at the Gaylord Palms, I wanted to share some of my favorite things to do during your visit!

1. ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

You can’t talk about Christmas at Gaylord Palms without talking about ICE! , and this year ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is this year’s main attraction.

Venture inside the nine degree wonderland to experience the classic poem come to life in two million pounds of hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures.

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ICE! presented by Pepsi also features four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone in which guests can witness a master carver at work, and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

2. Alpine Rush Snow Tubing

While ICE! is nice, you have to give Alpine Rush Snow Tubing a go!

Grab a tube and spped down an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with real Florida snow.

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This year on Friday and Saturday evenings, the lights go down and the fun turns up as Cosmic Tubing comes to life. Guests tubing during this time enjoy high spirited holiday music accompanied by flashing LED lights.

3. The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

If you feel adventurous, you can take on The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt around the resort!

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The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves need your help! Ten of Santa’s special scout elf helpers have landed at Gaylord Palms, but they won’t be able to fly to the North Pole until they have a name.

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To find the scout elves you will need your keen eyesight, best puzzle solvers, and huge sense of fun to help reveal the elves’ names so they can report back to Santa. All families that help the scout elves fulfill their special Christmas mission will receive a prize.

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Location: Throughout the Gaylord Palms Lobby

Price: FREE

Times: November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

4. Build-A-Bear Workshop Pop Up Shop

A really fun addition to the Alpine Village this year is the Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop!

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This interactive destination is a place where you can create your very own personalized furry friends that features the same memorable experiences offered at other Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout the country.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop pop-up shop has a large assortment of animals and characters, including faces featured in some of the season’s most popular movies.

While you are there, don’t forget to pick up an exclusive, furry friend-sized “Christmas at GaylordPalms” t-shirt to commemorate your visit.

Location: Alpine Village

Price: Varies

Times: November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

5. Cirque Dreams UnWrapped

While ICE! was amazing, you HAVE to see Cirque Dreams UnWrapped at the Gaylord Palms!

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Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg is bringing the famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the first time in the company’s 22 years with this exclusive show.

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2015 ICE!

This family friendly show features an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air.

The performance is a 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned, and with so many talented performers the show will change from night to night.

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You absolutely don’t want to miss this limited-time Orlando Christmas stage show only at Gaylord Palms Resort!!!

Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine AtriumPrice: FREEEvent Times:

Sunday – Thursday

  • 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7
  • No 2:00 p.m. show on 11/25

Friday & Saturday

  • 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

6. Breakfast with Mrs. Claus

New this year to Christmas at Gaylord Palms is a breakfast hosted by the mother of the North Pole herself, Mrs. Claus.

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Mrs. Claus has brought some of her top elves this character breakfast to get you in the holiday spirit, and who knows she may even put in a good word with the big guy himself!

Before you eat, make sure you visit with Mrs. Claus! It is a more intimate setting that is perfect for little ones who may be a little shy.

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We really enjoyed our Breakfast with Mrs. Claus that features a buffet full of delicious options sure to please anyone in your family.

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November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Location: 
Villa de Flora Restaurant

Price

  • $29.95* Adults
  • $19.95* Child (ages 4-12)

Times: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays, plus 11/27 and 12/21 -12/25

You can RESERVE your spot online now or call 407-586-1114

7. The Grand Snowfall

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Stop dreaming of a white Christmas… experience it! Delight in an indoor winter wonderland as the 4.5 acre glass-enclosed atrium turns into the world’s largest snow globe. The Grand Snowfall follows Cirque Dreams Unwrapped performances in Emerald Plaza.

Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine Atrium
Price: FREE
Event Times:
Sunday – Thursday

  • 2:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7
  • No 2:00 p.m. show on 11/25

Friday & Saturday

  • 6:55 p.m. and 8:55p.m.

8. Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Making your own Gingerbread creation is a great way to spend some time together while creating a fun centerpiece for your home.

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In the Alpine Village, you will find the Gingerbread Decorating Corner where you choose from two different design options to create either a delectable gingerbread cookie family or a complete gingerbread house.

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After you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, make your way to meet Nutmeg the gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

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Full disclosure…The first time I ever decorated a Gingerbread House was during Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2 years ago!

Adventures in Gingerbread Decorating

November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Location: 
Alpine Village

Price

  • Cookie Family Kit $22.99*;
    Gingerbread House $29.99*

Times

  • Monday – Thursday including Dec. 25:  12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 20-23, 27-30:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Make sure you RESERVE a time to visit the Gingerbread Decorating Corner now, as it is a VERY popular spot!

9. Holiday Dining

Let us serve you this holiday season. Experience the splendor of a home-cooked meal served under a 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium adorned with more than two million twinkling lights.

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Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24, 2015

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  • View Menu
  • 5:00pm 10:00pm | $75 per adult, $32 per child, plus tax and gratuity | Self-parking included in price
  • For reservations please call 407-586-1114

Old Hickory Steakhouse

MOOR

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Christmas Day – Friday, December 25, 2015

Villa de Flora

  • View Menu
  • 12:00pm 8:00pm | $75 per adult, $32 per child, plus tax and gratuity | Self-parking included in price
  • For reservations please call 407-586-1114

Old Hickory Steakhouse

MOOR

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10. Amazing Holiday Decor

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One of my favorite things to during Christmas at Gaylord Palms is to wander through the atrium’s lush gardens (over 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays, and watch as the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree comes to life every night during the famous tree lighting ceremony.

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The famous Orlando Christmas tree lighting ceremony, complete with Christmas carolers, lights, and of course, the star of the show, our massive 54-foot-tall Majestic Christmas Tree! It towers over the St. Augustine atrium waiting for the special moment to light up and cast holiday cheer to the guests on hand to witness it in all its glory.

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Location: St. Augustine Atrium
Price: FREETime

  • 6:15 p.m. daily
  • No shows 11/26 and 12/7

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With a new show, enhance ICE! experience, Cosmic Tubing, a scavenger hunt withThe Elf on the Shelf, and more experiences there are more reasons than ever to experience Christmas at the Gaylord Palms!

You can find out more about Christmas at the Gaylord Palms here.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando To Host James Beard Foundation Dinner #JBFOrlando

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando To Host James Beard Foundation Dinner

Experience an exceptional dinner event on December 5 featuring 10 amazingly talented chefs from across the US

While Central Florida may be known year-round for theme parks, its growing culinary scene is putting Orlando in the spotlight as well.  PEOPLE magazine recently named Orlando one of its “foodiest” cities in America, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is pleased to be a part of the growing restaurant options, featuring six unique dining establishments including the flagship AAA Four Diamond Capa restaurant, the Resort’s stunning rooftop Spanish-influenced steakhouse.

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On Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Four Seasons Resort Orlando chefs are pleased to join forces with legendary chefs from across the country. Capa will host a James Beard Foundation celebrity chef tour dinner, featuring award winning talents including:

  • Gerard Craft, 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef-Midwest, known as St. Louis’ preeminent chef-restaurateur at flagship Niche as well as at Brasserie by Niche, Taste and Pastaria
  • Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and Top Chef
  • Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois, Top Chef Masters and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Midwest
  • Michael Sullivan of Creekstone Farms Beef in Arkansas City, Kansas, formerly of Blackberry Farms, Tennessee
  • Norman Van Aken, of Norman’s restaurant in Orlando, Florida and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef South East
  • Stefan Riemer, Pastry Chef, Food & Beverage Development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • James Tidwell, Master Sommelier, of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas

The special guests will accompany host chefs:

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard Host Chef Fabrizio Schenardi

The eight-course dinner menu includes:

  • Course 1: Beef carpaccio salad by Chef Michael Sullivan
  • Course 2: “Bass Under Glass” red wine reduction sauce under a potato torta by Chef Norman Van Aken
  • Course 3: Roasted winter squash, spiced squash puree, squash vinegar caramel, seeds, Missouri goat cheese and mint by Chef Gerard Craft
  • Course 4: Ravioletto filled with crescenza cheese, brown butter, parmigiana reggiano, white truffles by Chef Tony Mantuano
  • Course 5: Veal cheeks braised in Barolo chinato; polenta and roasted chestnuts “chicche” by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi
  • Course 6: Seared ribeye, gochujang butter, grits, radish bottarga by Chef Edward Lee
  • Course 7: Imported cheese display presented by Chef Tim Dacey
  • Course 8: Gianduja-citrus crèmeux with dehydrated milk foam and vanilla Chantilly by Stefan Riemer

Each course includes a wine pairing. The phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime meal is available for USD 235 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations call 407 313 6161 or buy tickets online.

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About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures and honours America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the US Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives.

Interact on Social Media

Get social with Four Seasons Resort Orlando and tag @FSOrlando and @BeardFoundation in posts including the event hashtag #JBFOrlando.

Find and tag some of the special guests:

Gerard Craft

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  • Insta: @GerardFCraft
  • Twitter: @GerardFCraft

Edward Lee

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  • Insta: @ChefEdwardLee
  • Twitter: @ChefEdwardLee

Tony Mantuano

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  • Insta: @TonyMantuano
  • Twitter: @TonyMantuano

Michael Sullivan

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  • Insta: @CreekstoneFarms
  • Twitter: @CreekstoneFarms

Norman Van Aken

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard

  • Insta: @Normanvanaken
  • Twitter: @Normanvanaken

Master Sommelier James Tidwell

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard

  • Insta: @WineJames
  • Twitter: @WineJames
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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Holiday Season Activities

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Holiday Season Activities

Escape the cold and join guests for Holiday Happenings at Santa’s favorite resort – the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is always one of my favorite places to visit during the Holiday Season, and this year their line-up of activities

During this month-long celebration, children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience at the Epcot Resort Area hotel with special holiday season room rates starting at $159 per night and this year’s activities line-up:

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets 

Decked out in their Florida vacation attire, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki Hut on select nights. Featuring reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, this holiday photo opportunity is like no other.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Largest Santa

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene 

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture weighs in at approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair, a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker, chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train.  The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, should consider that it is 4 million calories! (By the way, the sculpture is not available for tasting!)

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Dolphin Lobby

A Florida Snow Fall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

With the help of some holiday magic, guests can experience a snow fall in the comfort of the Dolphin lobby. Throughout December, the lobby is transformed into a festive holiday scene featuring a 45-ft tall Christmas tree surrounded by a holiday train set.  The scene is completed with regularly timed snow fall. This snow, however, requires no shoveling.  On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

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Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On December 24, a fully costumed elf will deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room, read a bedtime story and tuck children into bed before Santa arrives. This premium service costs $59 for one child and $25 for each additional child. A service charge of 20 percent is added. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa Golf Cart

Dancing Lights Show

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes.

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Holiday Entertainment

On select nights, guests can catch entertainment by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the hotel.

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Magic Keys for Santa

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available at the concierge desk.

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Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Throughout December, families can tune in to free holiday-themed movies either on their guest room televisions or, on select nights, on a large screen on the hotel’s private beach. Children can also decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500. Overnight rates start at $159 per night.

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About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney WorldResort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

 

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms: ICE! featuring ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Sneak Peek #ICEpert

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms:

ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Sneak Peek

Christmas at Gaylord Palms begins on November 24, and I was able to walk through ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas for a special sneak peek.

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The Ice Artisans are hard at work to bring 4.5 acres and 2 million pounds of ice to life to bring the holiday classic to life in hand-carved, life-size ice sculptures.

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Guests will soon be able to walk through the chilly nine degrees as they experience the classic poem featuring four slippery ice slides, a live carving zone, and On the Blocks ICE! Bar, the exclusive adult-only bar inside of ICE!

ICE! featuring Twas the Night Before Christmas Sneak Peek – Christmas at Gaylord Palms

You can find more photos from my visit on our Facebook Page!

While ICE! is the feature attraction of Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by The Noerr Programs, there are so many other signature events that are sprinkled with new offerings to experience at the gorgeously decorated Resort.

This years events include Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, The Elf on The Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Cosmic Snow Tubing, Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and the anxiously awaited nightly Grand Snowfall, and I can’t wait to bring you more pictures and information soon!

You can find out more about Christmas at Gaylord Palms at purchase tickets at www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com!

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando: Celebrate The Festive Holiday Season

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando:

Celebrate The Festive Holiday Season

This holiday season, for those in cooler climates willing to trade shovels and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools, the second festive season at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is destined to be an unforgettable experience.  From a decadent gingerbread display in the lobby to holiday décor throughout the main resort areas, cooking and mixology classes, and many fun activities in Kids For All Seasons, Four Seasons offers something for everyone this holiday season.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Christmas Celebrate The Festive Holiday Season

Lobby Décor

The lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall (nearly 4-metre) Christmas tree in the lobby, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, holiday-inspired floral arrangements, and more.  A gingerbread creation made by Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.   The holiday décor will be in place from December 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016.  Plus, a separate gingerbread creation by Chef Saber will be on display at the Festival of Trees event at The Orlando Museum of Art from November 14-22, 2015.

Sweet Treats

Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Lickety Split at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

From peppermint bark to gingerbread cookies, and even holiday gelato flavours of crushed candy cane, cinnamon stick, gingerbread, and more, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge.  Lickety Split will also offer the traditional Italian holiday bread panettone di Milano, holiday stollen, pistachio and cranberry bark, pecan toffee, mini mint chocolate cookies and more to satisfy a sweet tooth. At The Hideout’s own sweet shop, Scoop, complimentary cookies and ice cream will be offered each Friday and Saturday afternoon for Resort guests. Also, complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Rabii will be offered to Resort guests on select dates.

Kids For All Seasons

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Christmas Celebrate The Festive Holiday Season

The Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) complimentary kids camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, has an array of organized activities planned for Resort guests throughout the festive season.  From candy cane scavenger hunts to animal visits, timed races in the Lazy River, balloon art, face painting, and much more, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.   Kids will love the weekly holiday movies, from classics such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to Home Alone and Elf¸ plus making jingle bell necklaces and writing letters to Santa.

Grown-Up Delights

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course - Hemmingway Daiquiri

The young, and young at heart, surely love classes like candy making and cookie decorating. But, Four Seasonshas not forgotten about those who would love more of an “adult” class – hence, the complimentary Mixology Classes led by the Resort’s team of master mixologists. Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy how to mix up cocktails guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer.  Classes include:

  • December 22, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm, Plancha’s Slow Mulled Wine
  • December 29, 2015 3:00-4:00 pm, PB&G’s Eggnog with a Twist

For those who don’t want to take a class, but would enjoy mixing and mingling with other guests, the Resort is offering complimentary “Wine Mixers” for 21 and older guests in the Winter Garden Atrium on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. On December 24, 2015 the mixer will feature Holiday Wines, and on December 31, 2015 the mixer will feature New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wines.

In addition, the Resort will offer complimentary cooking demos for guests, including:

  • December 21, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm, Ravello presents “Cooking for Christmas”
  • December 28, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm, Capa presents “Sweet Sausage with Apples”

For Resort guests who don’t want to miss out on NFL games, The Lobby Bar will turn into the “Cigar City Fan Cave” during football games.  Table tennis and other games will be available in The Lobby Bar and a themed bar menu will be offered during the games.

Guests will also enjoy playing 18 holes on the picturesque Tranquilo Golf Club or unwinding with a Spa treatment at the 18-treatment room Spa. The Spa is offering several holiday treatments, including the Mistle-toes Pedicure & Manicure.

Holiday Dining

The resort offers several options for holiday dining.

  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2015

Capa is offering an a la carte menu plus a USD 64 prime rib special.  Seatings are available from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Ravello is offering a buffet brunch for USD 105 per adult and USD 35 per child. Seatings are available from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Capa Lounge at Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015

Capa is offering a dinner with two seating options: a three-course pre-fixe seating between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, available for USD 155 per adult and USD 65 per child; or a second seating, a five-course pre-fixe menu, between 8:00 and 11:00 pm, at USD 295 per adult or USD 95 per child.  Both Capa seatings include access to the New Year’s Eve “After Party” in the Grand Ballroom, which will feature a DJ, dance floor, balloon drop and more. Desserts and appetisers are included and there is a cash bar available.

Ravello is offering a New Year’s Eve Buffet from 5:00 to 11:00 pm, for USD 125 per person and USD 45 per child.

  • New Year’s Eve After Party

Admission to the after party, available exclusively for Resort guests and guests with restaurant reservations, is available for USD 75 per adult ages 21 and older and USD 35 per child and young adult ages 5 to 20.  Kids For All Seasons will host a special party on New Year’s Eve for children ages 4-12 for USD 95 per child and includes a children’s dinner buffet (Resort guests only).

For all holiday dining options and special events, space is limited and reservations are based on availability; for reservation inquiries, call 407 313 6161.

Gifts

Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World
Anya Hindmarch Handbag exclusive to Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World

Four Seasons lobby level boutiques, Wardrobe and Fable, offer an array of options perfect for gift giving.  From fabulous outfits, chic accessories, Four Seasons logo apparel and more, there are numerous choices at all price levels. In addition, gift cards are available for purchase at the Resort’s front desk in any dollar amount.  Gift cards can be redeemed at Four Seasons Resort Orlando for overnight stays, treatments at The Spa, golf at Tranquilo Golf Club, shopping at the boutiques or any of the Resort’s dining outlets.

Festive Reservations

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy complimentary transportation in the Four Seasons motor coach to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding Lazy River complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more.  The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary.  Adults will enjoy the adult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Recreational pursuits for guests of all ages are sure to provide ample entertainment. For more information on reservations, visit the web site or call 1 800 267 3046.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando: Couples Weeks Return #FiveDiamondOrlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Couples Weeks Return

Four Seasons Resort Orlando:

Couples Weeks Return

A couples package plus dedicated adult-only offerings ensures an ideal couples escape to Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is a couples paradise, with amenities including a lakeside infinity-edge adult only pool, Tranquilo Golf Club, and an 18-treatment room Spa with six couples’ suites.  In September 2015, the Resort launched a new Couples Stay and Play package and special Couples Weeks. Now, Couples Weeks are back for December 1-17, 2015, and select dates in 2016, providing additional reasons to enjoy an adult-only getaway.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Couples Weeks Return

Couples Weeks feature added offerings, including twice-weekly mixology classes so couples can “shake and stir” things up, as well as Dinner & A Movie nights. Every Friday night throughout the select Couples Weeks, a romantic comedy will be shown poolside at The Oasis adult-only pool, with the option of ordering poolside dinner.  Also, The Oasis adult-only pool for guests ages 21 and older will offer extra complimentary amenities, such as infused fruits, each afternoon.  Movies for December Couples Weeks include Crazy Stupid Love on December 4, and 500 Days of Summer on December 11.

Mixology Classes
Mixology classes let couples have a little fun while enjoying some delicious cocktails of their own creation.  All classes are held in the Resort’s Demonstration Kitchen. The Couples Weeks mixology schedule is:

  • Wednesday, December 2 – Capa presents: Learn how to make a warm Spanish dessert cocktail
  • Saturday, December 5 – PB&G presents: Mix it up with PB&G’s eggnog with a twist
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Plancha presents: Discover how to make a delicious slow mulled wine
  • Saturday, December 12 – Ravello presents Café Amare: Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up with this coffee-based cocktail, an Italian twist on a hot toddy
  • Wednesday, December 16 – The Lobby Bar presents North Star Nog:  Time to open up the spice rack! Indulge in this modern take on a holiday favourite with an added kick

Massage 101 Classes at The Spa

Couples can enjoy the benefits of therapeutic touch and learn techniques of massage at a special Massage 101 class at The Spa. A talented team of Spa professionals will guide participants through pressure points, assisted stretching and more to alleviate muscle tension, relieve stress, and connect with their loved one. Classes are offered to guests on December 3, 10 and 17 at 3:00 pm.

 

Couples Stay and Play Package

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Couples Weeks Return
The Couples Stay and Play package includes two welcome cocktails, daily breakfast in bed for two, a guaranteed late check out of 2:00 pm to enjoy extra time to sleep in, unlimited in-room movies, plus the couple’s choice of a 50-minute Spa treatment for two, a golf lesson for two, or a tennis lesson for two.   

“This package gives couples the perfect excuse to check in without kids in tow,” says Thomas Steinhauer, General Manager. “It’s true there’s a lot for families to do in Orlando, but there’s also so much fun for adults to experience.”

The fun Steinhauer references includes the Disney theme parks and more – from fine dining at one of the Resort’ssix restaurants to enjoying the sumptuous spa and many recreation offerings, Four Seasons offers something to appeal to many couples’ interests.

Couples Weeks Calendar

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Couples Weeks Return
Whether celebrating an anniversary, babymoon, mini-moon, reigniting the spark or just for fun (perhaps an early holiday treat!), Couples Weeks have never been more ideal.  Couples checking in December 3-17 will enjoy experiencing the Resort’s spectacular holiday décor and grand Christmas tree in the main lobby.  Couples Weeks are offered December 1 through 17, 2015.  Additional Couples Weeks dates for 2016 include January 4 through February 8, and April 27 through May 26.  The specific calendars of events for 2016 Couples Weeks will be released soon.  For reservations: 1 800 267 3046.

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