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!!!

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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

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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.

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

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
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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

Holidays walt disney world swan and dolphin - elf tuck in
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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

 

Holidays walt disney world swan and dolphin - chocolate santa
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!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh3Hh0OvuJc

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Celebrates Global Wellness Day 2016

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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:

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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

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.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

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

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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

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.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

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

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25th Anniversary Logo

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!Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

Disney Vacation Club News: 25th Anniversary Events

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25th Anniversary Logo

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

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

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

Disney Vacation Club DVC 25 and Beyond Bash

Disney Vacation Club 25 and Beyond Bash

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

Event highlights include:

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

  • A DJ dance party in Tomorrowland

  • Light refreshments

Event Details

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

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

  • Dates: February 25 and March 3, 2016

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

  • Price: Complimentary

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

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

  • Important Details

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

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

       – Offer is non-transferable.

       – Party size limits apply:

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

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

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

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

       – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

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

Disney Vacation Club DVC Neighborhood Beach Bash

Disney Vacation Club Neighborhood Beach Bash

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

Event highlights include:

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

Event Details

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

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

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

  • Price: Complimentary

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

  • Important Details:

    – Membership Card required at check-in

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

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

    – Offer is non-transferable

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

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

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

    – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

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

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

Disney Vacation Club DVC Safari Spectacular

Disney Vacation Club Safari Spectacular

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

Event Details

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

  • Dates

        Tuesday, September 6, 2016

        Tuesday, September 13, 2016

        Thursday, September 22, 2016

        Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 PM to midnight 

  • Price: Complimentary

  • How to Book

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

  • Important Details

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

    – Offer is non-transferable

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

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

    – Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be permitted.

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

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

Disney Vacation Club DVC Merry Member Mixer

Disney Vacation Club Merry Member Mixers

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

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

The experience highlights include:

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

  • A jolly DJ and spirited dancing

  • Complimentary treats

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

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

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