On our way to eat at the Boardwalk’s new Italian restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, we spent some time taking in the sumptuous holiday decor and enjoyed a beautiful surprise. A high school, all-girls, choir was singing on the lawn, between the Christmas Tree and balcony– with perfectly angelic voices. Here are the three distinct areas to hit when visiting the Boardwalk Inn at Christmas.
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We are very happy and thankful to be able to go back to the Osborne Lights multiple times throughout the holiday season. The first time, we are content to just take it all in and upon returning, we look closer and closer at the myriad details, #HiddenMickeys, vignettes and corners of Streets of America that are swathed in light.
Living in Florida, we like to ‘play winter’. Some days though, it does get cool enough and damp enough (quiet the combination) to merit winter ski hats, fireplaces and fuzzy-warm sweaters. Thankfully, Disney provides quite a few fireplaces to enjoy. Our favorite ones…
The terribly exciting world of parking lots/decks and traffic flow. Oh yes. If you have lived in cities and their metro areas, you are well aware that it’s discussed endlessly, with friends espousing their confident tips and tricks for navigation and avoidance (as in don’t drive). It’s no different in this tourist populated city of Walt Disney World and as Disney Parks and Resorts fans know– it’s kind of thing here too.
The Grand Floridian always has the quintessential Christmas decor. The gingerbread, Victorian Christmas Trees, boughs of fresh garland draped with flowers, warm white lights and soft muted ornaments. It’s the traditional elegance you would expect from Disney World’s premier luxury resort and spa. Here are our favorite ways to explore this resort during the holidays.
Our featured blog this week is Disney World Enthusiast. Kristi Fredericks writes Disney World Enthusiast, for Theme Park Press and TouringPlans.com. Look for her site to be added to our aggregate of Disney-inspired blogs.
Have you seen the new Frozen outpost, attached to the Days of Christmas store in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney? It’s an entire room dedicated to Frozen dresses, toys, stationary, coloring books, ornaments and clothing. If it’s Frozen– it’s here.
The 2014 #DisneySide Holiday Wish List is being assembled. Stay with us through the holiday season as we add our favorite gifts, stocking stuffers and trinkets to the ultimate gift list. Giving, receiving and self-gifting– Tis’ the season.
The 2014 Wine + Dine Half Marathon Weekend got underway yesterday with the Expo. I arrived early to scoop up some New York Bagels from a friend and pretty much looked like this the rest of the day (LIZ LEMON GIF AHEAD– and it’s glorious)…
We spent Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line on The Dream. Awake and back to reality we can assuredly say that this Halloween was unlike any other. We cruised with another family aboard The Dream for three nights of non-stop action.
Here are the pics from the newly opened Haunted Mansion Store in the Magic Kingdom. A delightfully spooky and macabre store for all 365 days of the year. The coolest part of this new store was the experience of having you lenticular portrait done. Your mortal image transformed into a ghoulish fiend– no word yet on what it does to your soul. It’s easy on the wallet– a mere $19.95 to look like hell. And to think, I do that every day for free. Check out just some of the Haunted Mansion merch– with more to come as we visit the store again… and again… and again…
Week Five + Six | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival. The weather is cooling down and we’ve had several weeks to mull about the festival and revisit favorites. We’ve combined our coverage of weeks five and six, not be redundant, and to hide the fact that we probably just ate...
Thorough content and attention to detail is found throughout the book, with the technical aspect and thoughtful structure, that make it easy to find the information you are looking for. Imagine a veteran Cast Member, with local insider-knowledge, travel-agent and organizing guru in one place– that’s this book. It’s a planning guide and handbook that I will recommend to my own family and friends, just like you!
Epcot International Food + Wine Festival— the busiest week ever. This is the week some schools from the south have off, Columbus Day finds a lot of folks with the day off and, of course, the weather starts to cool off a bit. Naturally, The World is busier and it’s great to see so many families out there enjoying themselves in the beautiful weather. We stopped by Food and Wine for bit, like an entire two hours, but generally take to the other parks on this weekend.
No spoilers! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY releases nationwide today, Friday, October 10th. We got to preview it last week, courtesy of Disney World Company’s (via Disney Vacation Club) and AMC Theaters Downtown Disney.
Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5 | The runDisney Tower of Terror 10-Miler is nighttime villain laden race, starting at 10:00pm in Hollywood Studios and heading out into the Twilight Zone, also known as Osceola Parkway, to the Animal Kingdom entrance and back to the dark trails of ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Week Two | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival– and sometimes respite and distance is a beautiful thing. This week, we abstained from the festival’s open air kitchens and beer and wine tastings, to go explore the Festival Welcome Center. The welcome center is located in Futureworld East, between Mission: Space and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion.
Week Two | Epcot International Food + Wine Festival, and we have larger crowds, albeit, well behaved for the most part. We saw Off Kilter on Friday night for the last time– although their last performance was on Saturday. The crowds were effusively singing their songs and snapping pics, as were the band. It was a mutual adoration party. Sad to see them go.
What’s a indulgent and showy parent to do these days, then? Book a flight to London stat, even if that means you fly commercial. Just get there. Hop straight away to Harrods and visit their Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where you may purchase “The Collection”. Otherwise really, what’s the point?
This is the most wonderful time of year! I think we might say that about everything in Disney that is on the cusp of just starting, but we really mean it, like deep in our soul and spooky Halloween bones mean it. You know? We attended the third Mickey’s #NotSoScary Halloween Party this past Friday night and had a frightfully delightful time.
Entertaining the dim thought of paying for Disney’s Ultimate Thrills Tour or the Ultimate Day for Young Families? You need to read this. We eschewed the official, and very outrageously priced Ultimate Day for Families, armed with common sense, a bit of research and with the aid of TouringPlans.com. A grand total of 15 minutes worth of planning.
Of all the places you can eat at along Epcot’s World Showcase Promenade– Morocco is the easiest to get into. At first, we assumed, it was because the food is less familiar to people or that it didn’t quite hit the vacation/comfort food requisite. To see this oft understood country well represented and enjoyed by Epcot’s guests would be a true joy. Here’s what we propose.
The eighth episode of oceanEARSpodcast is available. Odd Couple Table Mates, Episode 8, discusses interesting table mate situations and classics such as: The Gross Out Couple, The Fighting Family and The Over-sharers.
We went to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort for the weekend. A five and a half hour drive from Walt Disney World property was pretty straight forward and traffic-free. Like every vacation– we only wish we had one more day and will return to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort very soon. The island, in general, is just what we were looking for and the epitome of a relaxing beach vacation.