Closed for Refurbishments: Walt Disney World Resort

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By Frances

The Walt Disney World Resort closes or you will have limited availability to sections and rides periodically to refurbish or reimagine it. Here is a list that was updated on April 9, 2013

Magic Kingdom® Park
Main Street Bakery
Mad Tea Party
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Pirates of the Caribbean
01/12/13 – 06/18/13
04/10/13 – 05/21/13
05/13/13 – 05/16/13
05/13/13 – 05/15/13
06/17/13 – 06/21/13
Epcot®
Epcot Character Spot
Fountainview Ice Cream Shop
France Ice Cream Shop
10/21/12 – TBD
04/08/13 – Fall
02/25/13 – June
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
None
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck 4/14/13 – 5/24/13

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
None
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
None

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
BoardWalk Bakery expansion – BoardWalk Bakery will be closed during this work. A coffee cart will be available on the boardwalk area during this time. 01/06/13 – 04/26/13
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
California Grill 02/02/13 – Late Summer 2013
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Beach Pool & Slide – The Courtyard Pool will remain open during this time 05/27/13 – 05/31/13
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Guests may be referred to Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for spa services. 01/16/13 – Summer 2013

Downtown Disney® Area
None

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
None

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Table Service Restaurants that Don’t Rank High at Disney World

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By Frances

The Walt Disney World Resort has  an amazing selection of table service/sit down restaurants. When you have that many great restaurants, there will be a few that don’t rank as high.

Here is a summary of the most commented restaurants that our readers think you can skip and why:

Chef Mickey ~ Contemporary Resort: It’s more nostalgic than amazing. It was one of the first character meals but their are so many more to choose from that are less noisy and have a better selection of food. The fact that it’s convenient to the Magic Kingdom and the monorail also adds to it’s popularity.Mama Melroses's sign

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant ~ Magic Kingdom: It’s an ok Italian eatery. Typical spaghetti and meatball menu. Many people said that it wasn’t allergy friendly. If you want to see a parade without waiting on the curb, you can dine on the patio at Tony’s and see the parade.

The Plaza ~ Magic Kingdom: There isn’t anything special about it than you can usually get a table when no other reservations are available. “More of a counter service meal but had to sacrifice a table service.” ~ MendiandNick Stone

Mama Melrose ~ Disney’s Hollywood Studios: It compares to the Olive Garden. Ok Italian food. The best part of the restaurant are it’s Fantastimic packages.

Coral Reef ~ EPCOT: It’s a Red Lobster with a great view.

Yak & Yeti ~ Disney’s Animal Kingdom : The food was bland. It wasn’t worth a table service credit for something that you can get as take out at home.

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What Lucinda would do without her kids at Walt Disney World!

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By Lucinda A.

I love my kids. I love going to Disney with my kids. But there are a few things that I would love to experience without my children.

If I had another chance to spend an entire day at WDW without my kids, I’d hang out on the Monorail resort line all day. I’d start out with breakfast at Kona Cafe, browse Wyland Gallery, stroll the grounds with my camera then lay claim to a hammock on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon with a nice fruity adult beverage in hand.
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Next, I’d take the Monorail over to the Grand Floridian for a little spa time at Senses. I want to try the Aromatherapy Massage Experience, a Rejuvenating Citrus Facial, and a Mani/Pedi combo. I’d stop in at Basin and pick up some of my favorite soaps to take home then jump on the Resort Launch to the Magic Kingdom.

All the personal time and pampering puts me in the perfect frame of mind for some shopping on Main Street USA. I really do “need” a new tiara from Arribas Brothers and a mid-size Dooney & Bourke. I think I should pick up a couple souvenir shirts while I’m at it. And to help me deal with the guilt I’ll surely be feeling, I’d buy a few things to take home to the kids. Before leaving the park, I’ll grab a hot dog from Casey’s and take a ride through the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Maybe they’ll let me stay on for a second pass.

100 Contemp fb pinI’ll walk over to the Contemporary Resort for the next part of my journey. I’m planning to have a nice dinner at The Wave. I’m not really sure if I’m having the grilled fish or the curry vegetable stew. I guess I’ll decide when I get there. After dinner, I’ll probably be pretty tired, so I’ll hop back on the Monorail and return to the Poly where I’ll settle in on the beach for one last cocktail while I watch Wishes.

Ok…to summarize….the one thing I would do at Disney without my kids…is spend an entire day on the Monorail Resort line.

LucindaMomsKidsChipDaleLucinda is a work-at-home mother of five, with a strong passion for family, photography and Disney. She incorporates her loves into her Disney fan blog, Without a Care in the World  and enjoys meeting other Disney bloggers through it. She and her family are currently planning to relocate to Central Florida and as you can imagine, they’re all very excited to be residing near the Mouse and his World in the near future.

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5 Reasons You Will Love Disney’s Bay Lake Tower Resort

By Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Deluxe Resort parked right next to the Contemporary Resort. It’s one of the most expensive places to stay on Disney property, but there are definite advantages to booking a vacation here if you have the cash.

5 Reasons You’ll Love Bay Lake Tower

1. Location, location, location!

You can ride on a monorail practically to the gates of the Magic Kingdom, or you can walk there in under 15 minutes, just 10 minutes if you walk a pretty good pace. What other resort are you close enough to walk to the House of Mouse? None, just Bay Lake Tower.

2. Take a boat over to the Wilderness Lodge

While Bay Lake Tower has clean lines, soft colors, and subtle landscaping, it’s not exactly what I would call the best themed resort in the Disney line up. The theming award goes to Wilderness Lodge, which is a short boat ride away. The ride is relaxing at night, and you can’t beat spending free time at the Lodge. Make sure you try their chocolate brownie! At just $4 and large enough to share, it’s a sure Cheapskate Princess favorite.

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3. Kids Activities

Step over to the Contemporary Resort, and the kids can window shop in three gift shops. On the bottom floor of BLT is the Community Hall,where kids can do crafts and play video games. Be sure to take your room key with you. There are videos you can borrow from the community hall, and at night, there is a bug screen Disney movie out on the grassy lawn. Boats to rent, tennis courts, two incredible pools, game room, and roasting marshmallows on a fire pit before dusk…the kids will have a blast.

4. A Simply Amazing Bathroom

The master bathroom in the 1,2 and 3 bedrooms accommodations is fantastic. Whirlpool tub, rain head shower, and beautiful tile with deep colored woodwork all add up to vacation relaxation. That whirlpool tub is especially wonderful for tired legs muscles and sore feet.

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5. The Top of the World Lounge

At the very top of Bay Lake Tower is a beautifully fashioned “lounge” that serves drinks and food, with an amazing view of Bay Lake on one side and the Magic Kingdom/Seven Seas Lagoon on the other side. During the 10 p.m. “Wishes” fireworks show, the music is piped in, so you have a top floor unobstructed theme park view.

How much does it cost  to stay at Bay Lake? You have to see it to believe it!

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So if you have the cash, you’ll love being so close to the Magic Kingdom with so many fantastic amenities.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you on the walk to the front gate…

Amanda

Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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The Disney Princess: Here’s Why You Would Love the Pool Cabanas at the Contemporary Resort!

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If you are looking into a vacation at the Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower, you may find yourself planning a day by the pool. If you haven’t seen the fabulous Cabanas yet, here’s why you may want to rent a poolside Cabana for some Rock Star Treatment. [Read more…]

Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort: Is it Worth the Big Buck$?

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High atop the iconic Contemporary Resort sits a Signature dining restaurant that rates among the best Disney has to offer. It’s also one of the most expensive restaurants on the Disney property. If you are looking for a fantastic Walt Disney World location that would be memorable for a special occasions or fine vacation-dining, the California Grill may be your place to start. Here are three reasons why, if you have it, dining here just may be worth the Big Buck$. [Read more…]