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.

Say Yes to Global Wellness Day by following @FSOrlando using the hashtag #FSWellness.

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

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World PBG PB&G

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

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.

Five Ways To Celebrate Mom At The Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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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

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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.

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!

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!

 

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Capa Sign

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

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard

  • Insta: @GerardFCraft
  • Twitter: @GerardFCraft

Edward Lee

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  • Insta: @ChefEdwardLee
  • Twitter: @ChefEdwardLee

Tony Mantuano

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard

  • Insta: @TonyMantuano
  • Twitter: @TonyMantuano

Michael Sullivan

Four Seasons Resort Orlando James Beard

  • 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

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Holiday Season Activities

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

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:

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas

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.

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

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.

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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.

 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando: Celebrate The Festive Holiday Season

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

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.

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.

Disney Vacation Club News: Exclusive PANDORA Charm Available In December

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Disney Vacation Club News:

Exclusive PANDORA Charm Available December 8, 2015

The Disney Vacation Club is expanding their designer merchandise available exclusively to DVC Members as a new charm from PANDORA Jewelry will be coming to Disney Parks and the online Member Marketplace just in time for the holiday season!

Disney Vacation Club DVC Exclusive Pandora Charm

Created with Members in mind, the new PANDORA dangle charm is eye-catching and crafted in sterling silver, inlayed with blue enamel composition, featuring the Disney Vacation Club logo. The charm attaches to PANDORA bracelets, sold separately from the charm, and is an ideal holiday gift for PANDORA fans of all ages.

Available beginning December 8, 2015, the Disney Vacation Club charm will be available in PANDORA locations across Disney Parks as well in the online Member Marketplace, while supplies last.

For more information, please visit the Member Benefits & More section located under the My DVC Membership tab on disneyvacationclub.com.

Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin News: Carnival Corner

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Announces Addition of Carnival Corner for Sixth Annual Food & Wine Classic

Expanding on the expansive list of delectable culinary offerings, wines from around the world and celebrity chef appearances, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will add an all-new fair-themed food area, Carnival Corner, to its lineup for the event’s sixth year at the Epcot Resort Area hotel. The festival’s newest section will serve specialty carnival fare from themed food trucks.

The area will offer the nostalgic childhood-inspired comfort foods, corn dogs and funnel cakes. For a twist on the traditional and for the first time at the event, guests can enjoy nitro kettle corn, a special kettle corn recipe served smoking with liquid nitrogen.

Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin News Carnival Corner Nitro Kettle Corn

Guests looking to revisit their younger days with an adult twist can enjoy prosecco, served in a variety of exciting colors and flavors.

Access to Carnival Corner will be included in the standard admission to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually.  For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.

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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 World Resort, 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.

Disney Resort Labor Day Weekend Activities

Disney's Contemporary ResortIf you happen to be on vacation or a staycation at a Walt Disney World Resort for the holiday weekend like I am, I thought I’d share some special events going on at select resorts across property.

At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, they are hosting the 104 Days of Summer Vacation: End of Summer Beach Party Bash! this Saturday, September 5th from 5:00 – 7:30pm. It will take place on the Martinique Beach (subject to weather). The recreation calendar says, “Join us on Martinique Beach for competitions, relays, crafts, marshmallow roasting, and a special drawing to win a free admission for Kid’s Night In: Pirate Adventure!”

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is having a Labor Day Beach Party on Monday, September 7th from 5:30 – 10:00pm. It will be on the beach at the resort and will have fun games, crafts, prizes, and more!

Later this month, on Monday, September 21st, the Contemporary will have a similar party for resort guests to celebrate the end of summer. It will also take place on the main beach from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

This Sunday, September 6th, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside is throwing a Riverside Fair! The party will center around the main theme pool at Ol’ Man Island from 11:30am – 5:00pm. The resort will celebrate Labor Day with games, music and more, with a barbecue (additional cost for food). After the pool party, the fun continues at the marina with arts and crafts, games, live entertainment, and a character meet and greet. There will also be specialty food and drinks available for purchase at the resort.

Today, Friday, September 4th, and tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort will be having an extended campfire on the beach. They will feature unlimited s’mores, games, crafts, and face painting for resort guests from 6:30 – 8:30pm both nights.

 

If you get a chance, and are staying at one of these resorts, definitely check out some of these fun extra recreation activities being offered. Have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows: Bora Bora Bungalows

I got the chance to tour an amazing new Bora Bora Bungalow the other day and wanted to share some of the pictures, as well as some of my favorite details. These fantastic two bedroom accommodations are unlike any other at Walt Disney World, perched over the water with spectacular views.

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The 20 Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows sit on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and at 1,093 square feet have room for up to eight guests.

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The Bora Bora Bungalows feature one king-size bed, one queen size bed, one queen-size sleeper sofa, and two pull down bunk-sized beds.

Bungalow master bedroom

 

Bungalow guest bedroom

 

Bungalow Guest Bedroom Pulldown Bunk Artwork

 

Bungalow living room pull out sofa

 

Living room in bungalow

Additionally, the master bathroom offers an in-mirror TV, a whirlpool tub, and walk-in shower with rain shower head.

Bungalow master bath

The second bathroom is separated into two sections – one with a tub/shower and vanity, the other with a toilet and vanity.

Bungalow guest bath shower

 

Bungalow guest bath toilet and vanity

The full kitchen includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave, and everything you would need.

Bungalow kitchen

Each Bora Bora Bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows has a laundry area featuring a stacked washer and dryer.

Laundry machine

The private deck of each Bora Bora Bungalow features a plunge pool, lounge furniture, hanging chairs, and absolutely amazing views of Magic Kingdom Park.

View from Bungalow lanai

The plunge pool is a unique way to cool off if you need a quick dip with the water temperature at a nice 72 degrees.

Bungalow Plunge Pool

At night guests staying in the Bungalows will enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant and nightly fireworks from the privacy of their deck with the accompanying music on the Bora Bora Bungalow’s personal sound system. Can you imagine how cool it would be to be that close to the Electrical Water Pageant?

Pull down bunk in bungalow featuring Electric Water Pageant

Some of my favorite touches are the surfboard-inspired coffee table trunk and headboards. I also really love the artwork and decor throughout the bungalow. I especially enjoy the cover from Annette Funicello’s Hawaiiannette album, and the hula dancer on the guest bath shelf. If you ever get to stay in the Bora Bora Bungalow, make sure you have someone ring your doorbell and listen closely!

Bungalow guest bedroom headboardArtwork in Bungalow living roomBungalow guest bath artworkBungalow guest bath knicknacks

We are going to continue sharing tons of pictures and even more information about Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, so make sure you keep up with the fun by following us onTwitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

You can find my post about my visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto here and a Photo Tour of the Deluxe Studio Villa – Lake View here.

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Many thanks to Morgan Crutchfield and Cynthia Larrison for the additional pictures for this post!!!