Disney Vacation Club Reveals Upcoming Updates

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates

Celebrated for its 1890s Victorian architecture and elegance, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a favorite resort of Disney Vacation Club Members, and I am excited to share a first look at the rooms members will call home beginning in the summer of 2022.

The expansion will add approximately 200 proposed resort studios, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

At the same time, existing villas including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas will be enhanced.

The planned expansion and enhancements will provide guests with even more opportunities to make magical vacation memories together with Magic Kingdom Park close by.

The proposed new resort studios will feature two queen-size beds and a day bed with room for up to five guests.

There is a room for every type of traveler at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney Vacation Club Members can access them all. The existing villas will also receive exciting enhancements.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates Living Room

The deluxe studios at the resort can also accommodate up to five guests and will feature a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed that tucks away seamlessly into the wall, and a charming pull-down bunk-size bed – perfect for the little ones.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates

For an even grander stay, families staying in spacious one- or two-bedroom villas will enjoy the comforts of home while staying inside the magic. These accommodations offer full kitchens and large living areas as well as added conveniences – like modern appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a washer and dryer. Living areas will feature a new pull-down queen-size bed along with a pull-down bunk-size bed that folds away to be hidden beneath the media center.

Disney Vacation Club Grand Floridian Updates Bedroom King

For larger families and multi-generational vacations, guests will enjoy plenty of room and comfort in the three-bedroom grand villa. These spacious accommodations sleep up to 12 guests, with two bedrooms that include two queen-size beds each, along with a primary bedroom that features a king-size bed. Three-bedroom grand villas also boast a dining area and expansive living room. Charming accents in the rooms include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Victorian-themed silhouettes and other artwork featuring Mary Poppins and Dumbo.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and is located in the heart of the magic. Close by, guests can enjoy the monorail, buses, and water taxi services directly from the property to travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort. The resort also steps away from the excitement via a new walkable promenade leading to and from Magic Kingdom Park. And just in time for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World Resort, guests and Disney Vacation Club Members staying at Walt Disney World Resort properties, including Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will enjoy 30-minute early entry to every theme park, every day starting October 1.

To learn more about the enhancements at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, visit VillasAtGrandFloridian.com.

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Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic 2021

Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic 2021

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts have announced the return of their popular Food & Wine Classic, but for the first time ever, this new edition will take place in the spring.

The Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic will take place Saturday, April 17 as a one-night, limited-ticket event featuring unlimited food and beverage tastings and live music.

The event will offer culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants as well as wine samplings from around the world and a selection of other beverages, all amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment. As a limited-ticket event, guests will be able to socially distance themselves throughout the resort’s expansive, spacious and scenic outdoor spaces.

The event, taking place 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., will feature several themed stations including the Beer Garden, Chinatown, and the luau-inspired The Pig & Poke.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Swan and Dolphin spring Food & Wine Classic

Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic Menu highlights include:

  • Sweet & smokey St. Louis style smoked ribs with macaroni & cheese from Executive Chef Dan Herman’s Smokin’ D’s BBQ
  • Salt roasted prime NY strip loin with roasted marble potatoes, onion purée, and truffle veal jus from Shula’s Steak House
  • Vegetarian bao filled with glazed savory jack fruit, green onion, and ginger served in Chinatown themed area
  • Shrimp & Grits with sautéed Gulf shrimp, buttered white corn grits and tasso ham gravy from Todd English’s bluezoo

In total, there will be 12 food stations, including dessert from executive pastry chef and world pastry champion Laurent Branlard and more than 50 beverage selections.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Among the protocols implemented for the Swan and Dolphin Spring Food & Wine Classic event are:

  • Temperature checks for all attending guests 
  • Plexiglass walls for all food service areas
  • All cast members wearing PPE
  • Socially distanced stations
  • Touchless menus
  • Clearly marked social distancing signage
  • Face coverings are required for all guests, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and must be worn at all times, except when dining
  • Guests may remove face coverings while actively eating or drinking but must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing

The spring event leads the way for the return of the fall Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic scheduled to take place this October 29 & 30.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Swan and dophin spring food & wine classic

Event-only tickets can be purchased online at FoodAndWineClassic.com for $125 per person.

Room packages start at $400 and include event access for two adults.

To book, call 1-888-828-8850 between 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays; 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Events are limited to those 21 years and older.

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Reservations Now Open for the New Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Rendering: Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

Visitors can now make reservations for the newest addition to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, a 14-story hotel, offering an upscale and boutique environment in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort.  On track to open this summer, at this time reservations can be made online or by phone at 1-888-236-2427 for Sept. 1 and beyond.   

The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is designed to offer an intimate and tranquil oasis like no other for guests to experience the Walt Disney World Resort. Positioned adjacent to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, the hotel will feature 349 guest rooms, 149 spacious suites and two presidential suites, all lavishly appointed and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows.

With Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios within walking distance, or easily accessible via complimentary Disney water taxi, guests of the hotel can flow effortlessly from the excitement of the theme parks to the relaxation of their guest room.

“Guests of the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will truly have an experience like nothing else, thanks to a location that’s like nowhere else,” said Area General Manager Sean Verney. “With its relaxing atmosphere, 151 well-appointed suites with stunning views, it really is the perfect complement to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, providing even more options to experience a magical getaway.“ 

The hotel’s suites are ideal for families of 6-8 people or for executive business meetings, featuring residential-style comfort combined with the latest technological capabilities.

New features at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will include:     

·                     Vue, an exclusive rooftop space perfect for weddings and social galas – boasting breathtaking views of Walt Disney World Resort

·                     New signature Mediterranean restaurant

·                     Grab-n-go cafe

·                     Scenic pool area with elevated deck and fire pit

·                     State-of-the-art fitness center

·                     More than 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 2 ballrooms and 12 meeting rooms

·                     More than 13,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space

·                     Business Center

·                     Unique Walt Disney World Resort benefits, including complimentary transportation to all four theme parks and Disney Springs for entertainment, shopping and dining

Additionally, guests of the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve will have full access to all the amenities at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, including Mandara Spa, five pools, 18 restaurants and lounges, preferred tee times on nearby Disney championship golf courses, four signature restaurants: Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo, Il Mulino and Kimonos and special Disney benefits.

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Holiday Fun at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

This year, Santa will bring the North Pole experience to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort with a new Santa’s Village themed area for guests to enjoy a socially distant, yet festive holiday experience – without the North Pole weather!

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, Kandy Kane, return for their annual holiday vacation to Santa’s favorite resort as part of the resort’s 2020 holiday season celebration.

On select nights beginning November 27, the new Santa’s Village experience will give the young and young-at-heart a chance to experience the sights, scents, and sounds of the holidays.

Playful elves will host socially distant reindeer games and guests will enjoy specialty drinks from Santa’s ho-ho-hometown in the hotel’s restaurants, take part in holiday cookie decorating and meet and take socially distanced pictures with the big man himself.

The full slate of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort holiday activities include:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus on the balcony

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests on select nights Nov – Dec. This unique, socially distanced holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair, featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos, and holiday cheer.

Event dates: November 27-28, December 4-5, December 11-12, December 18-19, and December 21-22.

Cookie Decorating

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Fun has never tasted so sweet! On select nights, families can participate in a favorite holiday tradition – cookie decorating.

Kids and parents alike can unleash their creativity on frosted sugar cookies from the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team, then devour their delicious creations.

The cookie decorating will be arranged with special health protocols in place. 

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Largest Santa

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds!

The sculpture, created by a two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, is showcased in the Swan Hotel.

It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair; a 7-foot-tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker; a chocolate fireplace; a chocolate Christmas tree, and chocolate toy train.

The scene will be displayed 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! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

Dancing Lights Show

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10 p.m.  

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course!

Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on December 24 at the concierge desk.

Deck-The-Halls Decoration Packages

Extend the hotel’s festive décor to your guestroom. Guests can order a Deck-The-Halls decoration package, where elves will transform their room with holiday-themed décor and leave behind some tasty treats and a specialized holiday note for the kids.

This is an ideal way to surprise the family after returning from a fun day in the theme parks! Hanukkah packages are also available.

Advance reservations required. Fees apply. 

24/7 In-Room Holiday Movies

Families can enjoy round-the-clock holiday cheer with a variety of free holiday-themed movies available in-room.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Guests can join all the holiday excitement with rates starting at $167 per night. And, if they are on the nice list, they can also enjoy a special bonus: up to 50% off a second room. Just use the code: SANTA. 


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

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Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2021

Today Walt Disney World announced that A Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will take place from January 8 to February 22, 2021!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offers fun for the whole family, and here is a sketch of what you can expect when the event debuts in January:

  • Indulge in over 15 Food Studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase
  • Explore and purchase the brilliant and diverse work of Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon
  • Step into the scene at special photo locations scattered around the park
  • Participate in a paint-by-number mural that serves as a collaborative art project for all
  • Watch as visiting artists create magic right before your eyes
  • Catch performances by favorite EPCOT musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
  • Join an artful scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase
  • Shop for festival-exclusive merchandise
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

And if you’re already looking forward to attending the festival, now is the perfect time to explore how you can complete your dream vacation at Walt Disney World Resort with a special offer for stays at Disney Resort hotels in early 2021. 

To find out more about this special Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts offer, check out the official Walt Disney World website for more details.

The Walt Disney World Resort is considering the importance of guest flexibility when planning any vacation right now and is going to continue to waive Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for arrivals through April 30, 2021.

We are really excited about the debut of the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts in early 2021 and look forward to sharing more details as they become available!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021

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Walt Disney World Resorts Officially Begin Reopening

Today the Walt Disney World Resort really begins its reopening process as Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen.

It’s important to know that the offerings at the resorts will be modified, and you must have a resort or dining reservation to visit.

Right now dining reservations are not open to non-resort guests, but we are hoping they will open for everyone soon.

So let’s take a look at the dining, shopping, and activities that will be available when the phased reopening begins.

Walt Disney World Resorts Opening on June 22, 2020

Walt Disney World Resorts Opening on June 22, 2020

DISCLAIMER: All of this information is subject to change, and if I do hear of any changes I will update this post!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

Dining:

  • Sanaa
  • Kidani Breakfast at Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Maji Pool Bar

Shops:

  • Johari Treasures

Activites:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Hall
  • Sports Courts

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Bay Lake Tower Disney's Contemporary Resort

Dining:

  • The Wave… of American Flavors
  • The Wave Lounge
  • Contempo Café
  • Cove Bar

Shops:

  • Bayview Gifts
  • Fantasia Market     

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Hall
  • Sports Courts
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Beach Club Resort

Dining:

  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • Martha’s Vineyard

Shops:

  • Beach Club Marketplace

Activities:

  • Leisure Pool (Stormalong Bay will not be available during the initial reopening period)
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Seaside Retreat
  • Sports Courts
  • Fishing Excursions
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club disey's Boardwalk Villas

Dining:

  • Trattoria al Forno (Character dining is temporarily unavailable)
  • Pizza Window
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • AbracadaBar

Shops:

  • Screen Door General Store

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Hall
  • Sports Courts
Boulder Ridge Villas and Cooper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Boulder Ridge

Dining:

  • Whispering Canyon
  • Roaring Fork
  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Shops:

  • Wilderness Mercantiles

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Reunion Station
  • Multi-Purpose Courts
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds

Dining:

  • P&J’s Southern Takeout
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • Crockett’s Tavern

Shops:

  • Settlement Trading Post
  • Meadow Trading Post

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Bike Barn
  • Sports Courts
  • Trail Rides and Horse Barn
  • Fishing Excursions
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Old Key West

Dining:

  • Olivia’s Cafe
  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase

Shops:

  • Conch Flats General Store

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Hall
  • Sports Courts
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Polynesian Village and Bungalows

Dining:

  • Kona Cafe
  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Barefoot Pool Bar

Shops:

  • Moana Mercantile
  • Bou-tiki

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
Disney’s Riviera Resort

Dining:

  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (Character dining will be modified)
  • Primo Piatto
  • Le Petit Cafe
  • Bar Riva

Shops:

  • La Boutique

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Eventi
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
Walt Disney World Resort Disney Vacation Club Saratoga Springs

Dining:

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Paddock Grill
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar

Shops:

  • Artist’s Palette

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Hall
  • Sports Courts
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Dining:

  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Enchanted Rose
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Shops:

  • M. Mouse Mercantile
  • Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries

Activities:

  • Pools
  • Pool Cabana Rentals
  • Poolside Activities
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fitness Center
  • Multi-Purpose Courts

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Tower Studio Tour at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.

Disney’s Riviera Resort is the first Disney Vacation Club property to feature a Tower Studio room type. 

While the resort has 12 of these rooms, located in the Resort’s tower featuring the iconic ‘Double Rs’, and while their layout is compact their function is off the charts. 

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

Let’s take a look at the Tower Studio Floor Plan. 

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio
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As you can see it features a main room, generously sized bathroom with closet, and a balcony (parking area, garden, or water views are available).

What makes these rooms so special is that every space has a double use. 

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

Without a traditional dresser, shelves and drawers are located in the wall unit that also houses the queen-sized pull-down bed. 

Speaking of pull-down bed, when it’s time to transform the room from day to night, there’s no need to move the couch (only the two small ottomans that also have storage) because as you pull the bed down the couch folds under.

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

While we are here, let’s take a second to admire the fantastic Peter Pan artwork on the wall behind the bed!!!

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

Also note that on either side of the bed are little books that feature two USB ports and two standard plugs for charging your electronics.

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

It’s also worth noting that in this living space you will find the new Walt Disney World smart televisions that we first saw in Gran Destino Tower

And while it may seem large compared to the living space of the Tower Studio, the bathroom size is filled with touches and a closet that help make this cozy space functional.

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio
Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

Common Room Amenities also include:

  • Paper plates and bowls, and plastic utensils
  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry basket
  • Hair dryer
  • Ice bucket
  • Telephone with voicemail
  • Private porch or balcony
  • Coffee maker
  • Wireless Internet access
  • High chair (upon request)
  • Portable crib (upon request)

I would really love to give staying in one of the Tower Studios at Disney’s Riviera a try!

Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio

While we are talking about Disney’s Riviera Resort, make sure to check out our YouTube channel for room tours of the Grand Villa and Resort exclusive merchandise!

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Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.

What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!

From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.

What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.

Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise La Boutique

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!

My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!

This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!

La Boutique Disney's Riviera Resort Merchandise

This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.

While we are talking about Disney’s Riviera Resort, make sure to check out our YouTube channel for room tours of the Grand Villa and brand new Tower Studios!

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Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa Tour

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, Walt Disney World’s newest Disney Vacation Club Resort opens today with the most Disney Vacation Club room types in the history of the organization…so let’s start exploring them at the top with a look at a Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa!

Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Villa offers spacious living spaces (the dining room is AMAZING) that the entire family can enjoy tother. And when I say entire family, I mean the entire family as each Grand Villa has three bedrooms and sleeps up to 12!!!!

Want to know more about the Resort?

Disney’s Riviera Resort is designed to capture the magic of Europe that Walt Disney fell in love with once upon a time.

Disney's Riviera Resort Riviera Resort Grand Villa

Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed home by a palm tree-lined boulevard and the striking façade of this Resort hotel. From the grand archways and porticos to the tower and terraces, Disney’s 

Riviera Resort will be a modern masterpiece of imagination, with each detail drawing upon the influences of Europe and the Mediterranean.

In the main lobby, you’ll find yourself in an elegant setting appointed with a mix of modern and classic 20th-Century furnishings. You’ll also discover a unique art collection celebrating beloved Disney Characters and icons, influenced by master artists who found inspiration along the European Riviera.

Disney's Riviera Resort Lobby Riviera Resort Grand Villa

The ambiance will extend outdoors—where beautiful gardens, bubbling fountains, lush landscaping and a serene waterfront will beckon you to enjoy scenic strolls with your loved ones.

Disney’s Riviera Resort also includes fantastic dining locations, a fab shopping location, and access to the Disney Skyliner.

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2019 Walt Disney World Easter Egg Displays

2019 Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays YouTube

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today!!!

Join us for a look at some of the amazing Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays expertly modeled out of chocolate & other edible treats!

This annual traditions is one of my absolute favorites at Walt Disney World!!!

In this video we take you (in order of appearance) to the Easter Egg Displays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, & finally Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Photos in this video are by Betsy (www.instagram.com/floridamingo) & Kelly (www.instagram.com/kellbelle), so make sure to give them a follow!

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Want to take a look back in Walt Disney World History?

Check out the 2013 Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa here.

Thanks so much for watching & we’ll see ya real soon!!!

Shelley

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Holidays at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Holiday festivities and Santa return to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa and Mrs. Claus return for their annual vacation, bringing holiday décor and festivities throughout the season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, Kandy Kane, return for their annual holiday vacation to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Santa’s favorite resort, as part of the resort’s 2018 holiday season celebration.

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In addition to the meet and greets with the North Pole visitors in their vacation attire, other holiday favorites including bedtime elf tuck-ins, a dancing lights show and 2,000-pound life-size holiday scene made entirely from chocolate all return to create a festive atmosphere for guests.

Guest who make reservations at www.santasfavoriteresort.com can receive holiday season room rates up to 10 percent off at the Epcot Resort Area resort.

The full slate of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort holiday activities include:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus on the balcony
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Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights starting Nov. 23. This unique holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos and holiday cheer.

A Florida Snowfall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s holiday tree, showcasing continuously changing lights, returns to brighten up the holidays. Throughout December, guests can experience the transformation of the lobby into a festive holiday scene featuring the state-of-the-art 24-foot-tall Christmas tree. Regularly timed indoor snowfalls complete the holiday scene. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony is followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

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Santa’s elves are making their return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Nov. 30, elves will deliver milk in a souvenir cup, cookies and a storybook to resort rooms. Elves, dressed in full costume, will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required, and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene

 

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, 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 resort 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! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

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. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10 p.m.

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on Dec. 24 at the concierge desk.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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

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Touring The Copper Creek Villas And Cabins

The Disney Vacation Club will welcome its 14th Resort when Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins opens July 17, 2017.

While construction is still under way, we were invited to take a look at the progress and to learn more about Walt Disney World’s newest Resort that will offer Deluxe Studio, 1- or 2- Bedroom Villa, 3-Bedroom Grand Villa or a private waterfront Cabin accommodations.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins

Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins’ design is based on the Early Settlements and the railway exploration of the Northwest, and in all of the rooms you will find nods to this time period with stainless steel appliances, rail spikes used as hooks for hanging items, and dove tail features on the furniture. The artwork in the room features Brother Bear, the Carolwood Pacific trains, and totems which are reminiscent of the Wilderness Lodge.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Deluxe Studio
Deluxe Studio

In the 1 and 2 bedrooms you will find a fully equipped kitchen, stacked washer and dryer, and a sleek bubble-jet tub.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins One-Bedroom Villa
One-Bedroom Villa

DVC Copper Creek Villas and CabinsOne-Bedroom Villa Interior
One-Bedroom Villa Interior

In the 3 bedroom Grand Villa your master bathroom is fitted with a bubble-jet tub and an in-mirror TV.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Grand Villa Interior Living Room Rendering
Grand Villa Interior Living Room Rendering

The Cabins will make you feel that you are in the Northwest, featuring unique chandeliers, woods for the door Frames and furniture and the counters are exquisite.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Waterfront Cabins Exterior Rendering

The open style kitchen, and the double sided stone hearth fireplace will make you feel at home. For Relaxation there is  screened in wraparound porch with a built in hot tub.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Waterfront Cabin Interior Rendering
Waterfront Cabin Interior Rendering

Two other areas that you won’t want to miss checking out at Copper Creek Villas and Cabins are located just outside of the rooms!

The pool is based upon a Rock Quarry and there will be 4 Cabanas. There will also be table side food service available in the pool area.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Geyser Point Exterior

For dining you can visit the newly opened Geyser Point Bar and Grill that has spectacular views of Bay Lake and delicious food and crafted cocktails based on the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Geyser Point Food Collage

Earlier this year the Disney Parks Blog shared a video that shows how this new resort will work in harmony with the other resorts at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and it’s really amazing the level of detail that they’ve put into the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins!

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Celebrates Global Wellness Day 2016

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Celebrates Global Wellness Day 2016

In observance of the fifth annual Global Wellness Day on Saturday, June 11, 2016, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is encouraging guests to “Say Yes!” to wellness, with fitness classes and special menu options designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Global Wellness Day reminds the entire world of the importance of living well, encompassing everything from exercise and spa treatments to the harmony between body and spirit.  This is a social movement without any commercial purpose, celebrated around the world on the second Saturday of June every year. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts decided to partner with Global Wellness Day to highlight the company’s vast wellness initiatives and outstanding spas within the portfolio.

During the weekend of Global Wellness Day, June 10-12, 2016, there are several ways Four Seasons Resort Orlando is celebrating the occasion:

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At the Spa

The highlight of Global Wellness Day at Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be at The Spa, with special guest activities from lululemon athletica, which will provide two complimentary outdoor yoga classes to celebrate Global Wellness Day at the Resort.  Yoga classes will be held on June 11 at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, and rhythmic drumming classes will be held at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. The drum circle will take place on the Spa Lawn and will promote camaraderie and wellbeing. Drumming has been proven to promote physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress, nurture togetherness and provide great exercise and fun.

In addition, there will be a pop up trunk show for lululemon in The Spa, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, where attendees and guests can shop the latest fitness apparel from lululemon.

Post-class, guests have the option of enjoying a delicious farmer’s market lunch created by the culinary team atFour Seasons Resort Orlando.  A fresh salad bar with numerous house-made dressings and fresh-squeezed juices will be available for purchase.

Participants must reserve their spot online for yoga classes and drum classes. While classes are complimentary to participate, space is limited and reservations are required.

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At the Resort’s Restaurants

Lickety Split, the Resort’s grab-and-go coffee shop, will offer a detox juice for guests to enjoy, made in-house with fresh pineapple, cucumber, kale and celery for USD 7.

At PB&G, located poolside at the Resort, patrons can enjoy a delicious protein salad, made with baby spinach, toasted cashews, roasted beets, hard-boiled free range egg and topped with an apple cider and bloomed chia seed vinaigrette along with choice of salmon, beef or chicken for USD 27  (USD 15 without fish or meat).

For dinner at Capa, the Resort’s 17th floor rooftop steakhouse, diners can feast on a grilled swordfish dish, served with a summer salad and pickled seasonal fruit for USD 32.  Capa was recently named Critic’s Choice – Best Restaurant in Orlando by Orlando magazine.

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For dining reservations, call 407 313 6161.  A portion of the proceeds from menu items will be donated to Global Green USA, an organisation that works to advance sustainable and resilient communities and provide clean, safe drinking water for 2.4 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water.

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Spring Into Fun At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando

This Spring the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants are expanding their menus, hosting special events, and celebrating the special women in our lives.

Here’s a peek at some of the Spring highlights at the Resort!

New Menu at PB&G

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PB&G, the popular lakeside restaurant featuring rotisserie meats and Southern favourites, has expanded its dining hours and now offers a dinner menu. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday nights from 6:00 to 9:30 pm, featuring dishes such as ahi tuna nachos, a chopped seafood cobb salad, coffee-crusted rotisserie ribeye, smokehouse burger and much more.  PB&G is cool and comfortable when the sun goes down, and a fun ambiance is created by the twinkling lights and lanterns throughout its three floating pavilions and the lively central bar. Dessert is a must, with items made for sharing, including an incredible oversize classic banana split and a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie baked and served in a cast iron skillet, topped with caramel, pecans and vanilla ice cream.  The PB&G team looks forward to welcoming regular guests and seeing new faces to try the restaurant for dinner.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World PBG Menu

Note: PB&G occasionally closes due to group event buyouts, and it is recommended to call 407 313 6161 for reservations.

Jockeys & Juleps – It’s Derby Time at PB&G

It’s off to the races for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Four Seasons Resort Orlando invites guests to break out their Derby hats and suit up in seersucker and bold prints for a viewing party at PB&G from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.

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Enjoy watching the races from the restaurant televisions and sip on one of the beverage specials offered to revellers throughout the day. PB&G will feature its special bourbon in partnership with Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, with the traditional Jessie’s Mint Julep for USD 8. Take a “Tour of Kentucky” with bourbon flights and sample the PB&G bourbon from Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit and Woodford Reserve.

Southern food specials including shrimp po’boy sliders, Kentucky fried chicken, a hot brown sandwich, bourbon sticky ribs, and candied bacon with a side of bourbon on the rocks are sure to be a hit. Plus, the Finish Line Split, PB&G’s new banana split, is big enough to feed an entire table.

Patrons sporting a Derby appropriate hat will receive a 10 percent savings on their bill. A Pick the Winner competition will offer prizes to the attendees who successfully select the winning horse. For a photo finish to the day, the patron wearing the best Derby hat chosen by the restaurant staff will win a cooking class with PB&G Chef Mikey Termini.

Mother’s Day

It’s time to celebrate moms on Sunday, May 8, 2016, and the Resort offers several options for enjoying a special family meal.

Ravello will offer a decadent buffet menu from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with many different offerings including pasta stations, a seafood bar and raw bar, a carving station with prime rib and herb-crusted lamb leg, and much more. There will also be a full dessert buffet station and separate children’s buffet.  Brunch is USD 110 per adult and USD 45 per child age 5-12.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Ravello Menu

For dinner service, Capa will feature its regular menu, but will also have a special supplementary menu with specials including a duck confit appetizer and a petite filet, plus a chocolate lava cake dessert with banana ice cream.  Plus, all moms will receive a complimentary glass of cava and a box of macarons for celebrating at Capa.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Capa Menu

For those seeking a Sunday brunch, Plancha at Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse now offers a three-course Sunday brunch for USD 68 per person, including bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Plancha

Texsom” Wine Dinner at Capa

This special dinner is intended for those truly passionate about wine. Capa is welcoming five Master Sommeliers onFriday, May 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm for an interactive wine dinner. 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Capa

Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber, Capa Chef Tim Dacey, Plancha Chef Pedro Sanchez, and PB&G Chef Mikey Termini will be participating alongside the Master Sommeliers including James Tidwell, beverage manager of Four SeasonsResort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Andy McNamara, director of fine wines for Premier Beverage Company; Brian Koziol, food & beverage concept and development director for Walt Disney World Resort; and two additional sommeliers, to be named in the coming weeks. Tidwell is creator of the Texsom Conference, coming toFour Seasons Resort Dallas this August. The five Master Sommeliers will pour 30 award winning wines for an educational and culinary experience.  The exclusive dinner is USD 130 per person and reservations are required.

Valet parking is fully validated for guests who dine at Capa, Ravello or PB&G for dinner. For dining reservations: 407 313 6161.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwitteryoutubetumblrinstagram

Five Ways To Celebrate Mom At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando Resort Exterior

With Mother’s Day right around the corner on Sunday, May 8th, what better way to show your Mom how special she is than by visiting the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for some well deserved pampering!

Five Ways To Celebrate Mom at the

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1. Reserve the “Queen and Princess” Magical Moment package, which is perfect for a mother and young daughter. The “queen” will enjoy a glamorous blowout and style and a crystal hair accessory. The little “princess” will enjoy a dress, blowout and style, designer crystal tiara and wand, princess makeup artistry, fairy dust, hair tinsel, a bracelet and a commemorative princess certificate.  The Queen and Princess package is USD 475, and for moms who reserve over Mother’s Day weekend will also receive a complimentary makeup application.

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2. Send Mom to The Spa for an 80 minute treatment, such as a La Floridian body treatment or oxygen facial, and after her pampering she can spend the day enjoying the blissful serenity of the Oasis Pool.  Non-Resort guests who take advantage of an 80 minute treatment are extended exclusive access to the Resort’s lakeside infinity-edge adult pool, plus the lazy river and Explorer Pool.  For 80-minute spa appointments over Mother’s Day weekend, The Spa will also host Mom’s cocktail of choice to enjoy poolside.  The La Floridian treatment is USD 245.

3. For the mom-to-be who is past the first trimester, The Spa also offers a Maternity Caress Massage. The massage can be enjoyed by the new mom-to-be or in a couples suite as a couples treatment. When enjoying a Maternity Caress Massage over Mother’s Day weekend, The Spa will provide a complimentary scalp treatment enhancement, to ensure profound relaxation.  A 50-minute Maternity Caress Massage is USD 170.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course

4. Celebrate with the family over a delicious meal at Four Seasons. Ravello will offer a decadent buffet menu from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with many different offerings including pasta stations, a seafood bar and raw bar, a carving station with prime rib and herb-crusted lamb leg, and much more. There will also be a full dessert buffet station and separate children’s buffet.  Brunch is USD 110 per adult and USD 45 per child age 5-12. For dinner service, Capa will feature its regular menu, but will also have a special supplementary menu with specials including a duck confit appetiser and a petite filet, plus a chocolate lava cake dessert with banana ice cream.  Plus, all moms will receive a complimentary glass of cava and a box of macarons for celebrating at Capa. For those seeking a Sunday brunch,Plancha at Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse now offers a three-course Sunday brunch for USD 68 per person, including bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

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5. Let Mom shop ‘til she drops at Wardrobe and Fable, the Resort’s lobby level boutiques.  Mom can discover many one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, as well as accessories and clothing from designers such as Tory Burch, Missoni, Lilly Pulitzer, Herve Leger, Joie, Clover Canyon and much more. The talented sales associates are skilled at selecting the perfect gifts, outfitting Mom from head to toe in a stylish ensemble to ensure she looks and feels fabulous. Also, for the gift that keeps on giving, Mom will love a Four Seasons Resort Orlando gift card, available for purchase at the Resort. Gift cards can be used toward an overnight stay, shopping, dining, Spa, golf and more.  The shops are open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwitteryoutubetumblrinstagram