Mother’s Day Giveaway on Picturing Disney!

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Coming soon over on my Photoblog is a great little Mother’s Day giveaway! This is a great way to pamper the lady in your life and I can attest to the great quality and scents from Walter & Rosie!

Enter to win 2 hand-crafted Disney inspired soaps (Whole New World and Pixie Dust scented) as well as a pair of adorable Polynesian-resort reminiscent tropical flower earrings!

The contests will run from 8am on Friday April 26th through 12am on May 2nd! Head on over to Picturing Disney Photoblog for more details!

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort has a New Look!

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Aloha!!!! Disney’s Polynesian Resort has recently gone through a massive refurbishment. Here is my look.

Balmy breezes…. Beautiful foliage….. Volcano Pool……. sounds of children laughing….

In Disney World you can be sure you are at the Polynesian Resort. The Longhouse “Hawaii” has received

a beautiful new look!! Bright hallways……. Light and airy bed linens…… and fun bathrooms.

You are greeted with a beautiful floral printed carpet as you walk down the bright painted hallway to

your own personal oasis. No more slipping your key in the door – now… just hold your card up to

Mickey’s face on your door and you are in!!!! A bright and airy room awaits for your amazing stay at

this tropical resort!

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Take a Holiday Ride on the Monorail

By Frances

“Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas. Ladies and Gentlemen, please collect your belongings and watch your head and step. Please assist small children by the hand.” There are very few complete quotes that my eight year old daughter knows better than this one. If you have ever ridden the the Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort monorail more than a few times, then you know at least a piece of it.

Since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried over one billion passengers.  The WDW Resort Monorail System,  the most heavily traveled passenger monorail system in the world, carries nearly 150,000 passengers every week day.  Each year, the monorails transport more than 50 million  people. If you are looking for a break from the theme park crowds this holiday season, hop a monorail and tour the breathtaking resorts along the monorail route.

With the holidays right around the corner, here are some Holiday treats you can you find on a ride on the monorail?

You are now leaving from the Magic Kingdom

Your first stop…Disney’s Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Towers offers shopping and a quick-lunch  at the Contempo Cafe.  As you watch other monorails zip  through the building, you’ll definitely want a Black Forrest Cupcake for  dessert ($3.29).  A traditional Contemporary must-see is the floor-to-ceiling  ceramic mural, created by artist and Disney legend Mary Blair, whimsically celebrating the beauty of the Grand  Canyon and the southwest region. Be sure to look for the goat with 5 legs. Need some quiet time to rest your achy  feet?  Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area,  where there are cushioned benches and chairs available. The bathrooms are super clean, quiet, and roomy.

Next stop…Disney’s Polynesian Resort, where you’ll enter a South Pacific themed  tropical paradise. Walk down to the lower level and gaze at the 70 species of  plants found around the waterfall.  Take a seat, so close you are within reaching distance of the flora, and feel your vacation tensions melt away to the sound of the peaceful falling waters.  If you need a quick bite to eat, try Captain  Cook’s or the Tambo Lounge.  If you are here near nightfall, ask about the Polynesian Resort‘s torch-lighting ceremony, which  includes a traditional fire-knife dance together with authentic drumming and chants.

Last stop… is the Disney’s magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Labeled as the flagship  hotel of the Walt Disney World Resorts, just standing in the five-story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor.  There are six restaurants to choose from and shopping at Basin White or M. Mouse Mercantile. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment,  which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band.   Because this holiday decoration will be gone after New Years,  make a trip over to the Victorian era-style Grand Floridian gingerbread house before you make your way back upstairs for the monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom.

A modernistic transportation system to journey you to the Future, the South Seas, and the Victorian Era…all in a Disney holiday’s time.

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Can Tables in Wonderland Save You Money?

By Frances

Tables in Wonderland is a discount card that can be purchased by Florida Residents, Disney Vacation Club Members & Annual/Seasonal Pass Holders only.

BENEFITS INCLUDE

  • 20% discount on all food and beverages at 99 participating Resort hotel and Theme Park restaurants (discount is valid for a party of up to 10 Guests).
  • Resort and Theme Park parking for dining purposes
  • Invitations to special member-only food and wine events, winemaker dinners and celebrity chef dinners
  • Discount is also available on most adult & specialty beverages.
  • And more!

Cost to you:

$100 for Florida Residents or DVC Members

$75 for Annual/Season Pass Holders

It’s good from the first day purchased for 365 days.

You can purchase it at Guest Relations at any Walt Disney World Theme Park or Downtown Disney. Annual/Seasonal Pass Holders can order it Epcot Le Cellier, Epcot Le Cellier sign, Epcot Le Cellier menu, Epcot Le Cellier pricesby phone or mail. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

There are a few Block-out dates for the Tables in Wonderland: Mothers Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Tables in Wonderland discount cannot be used in combination with any other discount and is not valid for Fantasmic Dinner Package, Food and Wine Festival dinners, Candlelight Packages, or any other special events / special dining experiences.

An 18% gratuity is automatically added regardless of how many are in your party. A 20% gratuity is automatically added at Victoria & Albert’s.

Don’t lose the Tables in Wonderland Card. There is a $50 replacement fee.

For more information:

Here is why, Mouze Kateerz writer, Lucinda purchased a Tables in Wonderland Card. She is a Florida Resident & Annual Pass Holder. “20% is a good discount…makes it easy to get your money back, so to speak. Meaning…that for our family, we only need to dine out four times a year for the card to be a good value. TiW makes it more feasible for us, as locals to dine on Disney property. I like that beverages are included as well…and I like that we can include up to 9 guests per visit. There’s a nice long list of participating restaurants.”

Here is my thoughts. If the Disney Dining Plan says that it will save you up to 20% off and this will save you 20% off plus you can save on adult beverages, I think it will save money.

Here’s a list of participating restaurants:

DISNEY RESORT LOCATIONS
All Star Movies Resort

  • World Premiere
    Food Court

All Star MusicResort

  • Intermission Food Court

All Star Sports Resort

  • End Zone Food Court

Animal Kingdom
Lodge Resort

  • Boma – The Flavors
    of Africa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Sanaa
  • Victoria Falls

Beach Club Resort

  • Beaches & Cream
    Soda Shop (excludes
    take-out shop)
  • Cape May Café
  • Martha’s Vineyard Lounge

BoardWalk Resort

  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • Big River Grille
    & Brewing Works
  • ESPN® Club
  • Flying Fish Café
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora

Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Shutters at Old Point Royale

Contemporary Resort

  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Outer Rim
  • The Wave

Coronado Springs Resort

  • Maya Grill
Fort Wilderness
Resort & Campground

  • Crockett’s Tavern
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (9:30 p.m.
    show only)
  • Trail’s End Restaurant (Excludes take out shop)

Grand Floridian
Resort & Spa

  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Citricos
  • Garden View Tea Room
  • Grand Floridian Café
  • Mizner’s Lounge
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Victoria & Albert’s (excluding the Chef’s Table & Queen Victoria Room)

Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Cafe

Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course

  • Sand Trap Bar & Grill

Polynesian Resort

  • ‘Ohana
  • Kona Cafe
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Late show only)
  • Tambu Lounge

Pop Century Resort

  • Everything Pop Shopping and Dining (excludes merchandise from shop)
Port Orleans Resort
– French Quarter

  • Sassagoula Floatworks
    & Food Factory
  • Scat Cat’s Club

– Riverside

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • River Roost

Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill
  • Turf Club Lounge

Vero Beach Resort

  • The Green Cabin Room
  • Shutter’s
  • Sonya’s (Excludes
    Sunday Brunch)

Wilderness Lodge

  • Artist Point
  • Territory Lounge
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Yacht Club Resort

  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Crews Cup Lounge
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
  • Kimonos
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo
  • Garden Grove
DISNEY PARK LOCATIONS
Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town
    Square Restaurant

Epcot®

  • Akershus Royal
    Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Bistro de Paris
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub
    & Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • The Garden
    Grill Restaurant
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli

Disney’s Hollywood Studios™

  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Mama Melrose’s
    Ristorante Italiano
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    Theater Restaurant
  • The Hollywood
    Brown Derby
  • Tune-In Lounge
Animal Kingdom®

  • Flame Tree Barbeque
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Tusker House Restaurant

DOWNTOWN DISNEY®
– Marketplace

  • Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant
  • Fulton’s Crab House

DOWNTOWN DISNEY®
– Pleasure Island

  • Paradiso 37
  • Portobello
  • Raglan Road” Irish Pub
    and Restaurant

DOWNTOWN DISNEY®
– West side

  • Bongo’s Cuban Café
  • House Of Blues®
    (Excludes Sunday Brunch)
  • Planet Hollywood®
  • Wolfgang Puck Café

ESPN Wide World
of Sports® Complex

  • ESPN Wide World
    of Sports® Grill

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A Girls’s Weekend with Your Best Friend= Disney Magic

Aloha!!!

Aloha means hello and goodbye…. I couldn’t think of a more perfect resort to stay in WDW than the Polynesian for my dear childhood pal Kathy and me to stay . We said hello back in second grade and instantly became life-long best friends and needed to geographically say goodbye almost 10 years ago due to job relocations, marriages, etc. although contact had remainded through emails and phone calls. A recent play of cancelled travel events and a decision to enjoy a mutual Significant Birthday Celebration for us both led its reunion and celebration journey not to the familiar New Jersey beaches we once shared happy days upon, but to the door of Disney World in Florida. This trip to WDW was a true celebration of friendship.

With all of the magnificent themed resorts at Walt Disney World it was quite the challenge to pick the “perfect” place for our Girl’s Reunion and “Significant Birthday Celebration Trip” last week! The Polynesian was the the one for us. Transporting you instantly to the South Pacific setting of lush gardens and waterfalls and softly played Hawaiian music everywhere you go. The main building upon arrival is the Great Ceremonial House with its own tropical gardens and waterfall right in the center – this is where you check in. The resort consists of eleven different buildings called “Longhouses”. Each Longhouse has a unique tropical name and each is surrounded by lush gardens.

We chose to stay Club Level for our trip. (this is the concierge level). We booked a garden view room – outside our balcony stood the most beautiful palm tree we have ever seen!

Upon arrival you are presented with a beautiful lei and staying club level you are wisked away in a golf cart from the main building given a tour of the resort and then are taken to the longhouse“Hawaii”. This longhouse is located at the Volcano pool and a beautiful white sandy beach overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon.

The staff at concierge were extremely friendly, courteous and efficient. After check-in we were presented with yet another beautiful lei and wishes for a wonderful stay! We were escorted to the third floor to our beautiful BIG garden view room. The rooms here at the Polynesian are quite large in comparison to other Disney resorts as The Polynesian was one of the first resorts built at WDW. A noted feature is it’s amazing central location and transportation availability to parks with monorail and boat access. Guests staying club level have access a beautiful lounge . Daily lounge offerings bountied with several flavored coffee, teas and juice selections during continental breakfast in the morning, fresh fruits and cookies during the day and light hors d’oeurvres and hot appetizers in the early evening to include wines and cordials among favorite sampling of desserts that were offered later in the evening.

The Concierge Lounge has a three story wall of windows facing the Magic Kingdom and lagoon with a perfect view of Cinderella’s Castle. Each night guests gather here to enjoy viewing the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle – with the firework display music piped into the room directly from the Magic Kingdom.. We so enjoyed relaxing here each evening after a busy day exploring each park… Truly Magical!!!!!!!

ncluded into this easy chair view of the fireworks is the 9pm Electrical Water Pageant that passes right by the Polynesian on the lagoon!!! A beautiful way to end each amazing day at the parks sitting on the beach or sipping hot chocolate in the lounge!!!!!

This was my friend Kathy’s first trip to my favorite place and I think it has become one of her favorite places to visit now also!! We spent our first morning at Animal Kingdom. The Animal Safari Trek was so exciting. To be so up close and personal with the animals is beyond explanation. I will always treasure my memory of the magnificent lion who was surveying his domain from on top of a huge rock formation. We took in the Lion King Show that day also. Kathy was taken aback by the grandeur of the costumes and glorious music that produced this colorful breathtaking performance.

On our second day we visited The Magic Kingdom. Can you remember the first time that you stepped onto Main Street USA???? Think back, it feels like a great big hug just wrapping you in happiness and excitement. The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Buzz Lightyear, and Pirates of the Caribbean were just a few of our favorites. Even seeing an outside street performance from the one and only “Capt. Jack Sparrow” up close and personal. After a quick lunch we headed back by boat to the Polynesian. We had dinner reservations at The Artist Point in Wilderness Lodge. If you have never experienced dinner here – it is a must!!! The cuisine is absolutely fabulous. I had a special order cake made for Kathy’s birthday and during dessert our server brought it out to her. The pastry chefs are true artisans and the cake was delicious!!! What a perfect way to end such an amazing dinner. After dinner it was just a hop –skip – and a jump back to the Polynesian for a quick change then on the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom for The Main Street Electrical Parade. This is a spectacle of lights and sounds like you have never seen. Float after float of your favorite Disney characters waving and dancing in the streets. Later that evening we found ourselves right in front of Cinderella’s Castle, directly in front of the bronzed statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse watching the grandest fireworks display set to music that we have ever seen. Truly an amazing sight.

Off to Hollywood Studios the next day. I so wanted to share with her Toy Story Mania. We raced over to the ride and waited 40 minutes. So glad we did – we laughed through the attraction the whole time. Such fun!!!! A trip to Star Tours and The Great Movie Ride rounded out our day. Thought we would leave the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rock N Roller Coaster to the less faint of heart!!!!

EPCOT – of course, SOARIN first on the agenda!!! The sights and sounds and aromas of this experience are totally off the charts!!!!! As we were walking around we could hear “Mine – Mine – Mine” with our curiosity peaked we found ourselves at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.. Seagulls greeted us at the entrance with their call of “mine” and we ventured onto a Clam Shell fit for two for an undersea adventure with Nemo and his friends which brought both the real world of the sea and the fantasy world of Nemo. Dinosaurs???? Who doesn’t like dinosaurs???? Ellen’s Universe of Energy was our next stop of the day…. You are taken back in time to roam with all types of dinosaurs and saw how the earth’s energy began and how we continue to strive for a better tomorrow.

Included into this easy chair view of the fireworks is the 9pm Electrical Water Pageant that passes right by the Polynesian on the lagoon!!! A beautiful way to end each amazing day at the parks sitting on the beach or sipping hot chocolate in the lounge!!!!!

This was my friend Kathy’s first trip to my favorite place and I think it has become one of her favorite places to visit now also!! We spent our first morning at Animal Kingdom. The Animal Safari Trek was so exciting. To be so up close and personal with the animals is beyond explanation. I will always treasure my memory of the magnificent lion who was surveying his domain from on top of a huge rock formation. We took in the Lion King Show that day also. Kathy was taken aback by the grandeur of the costumes and glorious music that produced this colorful breathtaking performance.

On our second day we visited The Magic Kingdom. Can you remember the first time that you stepped onto Main Street USA???? Think back, it feels like a great big hug just wrapping you in happiness and excitement. The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Buzz Lightyear, and Pirates of the Caribbean were just a few of our favorites. Even seeing an outside street performance from the one and only “Capt. Jack Sparrow” up close and personal. After a quick lunch we headed back by boat to the Polynesian. We had dinner reservations at The Artist Point in Wilderness Lodge. If you have never experienced dinner here – it is a must!!! The cuisine is absolutely fabulous. I had a special order cake made for Kathy’s birthday and during dessert our server brought it out to her. The pastry chefs are true artisans and the cake was delicious!!! What a perfect way to end such an amazing dinner. After dinner it was just a hop –skip – and a jump back to the Polynesian for a quick change then on the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom for The Main Street Electrical Parade. This is a spectacle of lights and sounds like you have never seen. Float after float of your favorite Disney characters waving and dancing in the streets. Later that evening we found ourselves right in front of Cinderella’s Castle, directly in front of the bronzed statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse watching the grandest fireworks display set to music that we have ever seen. Truly an amazing sight.

Off to Hollywood Studios the next day. I so wanted to share with her Toy Story Mania. We raced over to the ride and waited 40 minutes. So glad we did – we laughed through the attraction the whole time. Such fun!!!! A trip to Star Tours and The Great Movie Ride rounded out our day. Thought we would leave the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rock N Roller Coaster to the less faint of heart!!!!

EPCOT – of course, SOARIN first on the agenda!!! The sights and sounds and aromas of this experience are totally off the charts!!!!! As we were walking around we could hear “Mine – Mine – Mine” with our curiosity peaked we found ourselves at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.. Seagulls greeted us at the entrance with their call of “mine” and we ventured onto a Clam Shell fit for two for an undersea adventure with Nemo and his friends which brought both the real world of the sea and the fantasy world of Nemo. Dinosaurs???? Who doesn’t like dinosaurs???? Ellen’s Universe of Energy was our next stop of the day…. You are taken back in time to roam with all types of dinosaurs and saw how the earth’s energy began and how we continue to strive for a better tomorrow.

Across the lake in EPCOT you will find World Showcase… We set off for our little tour of the countries at EPCOT. The cast members in each country are from that area of the world. You get a true sense of what it is like to visit and live through their eyes. We so enjoyed our tour checking out each and every one comparing the different cultures and wares of each. We had dinner in Italy at Tutto Italia – what a wonderful time!! I felt like I was back in my grandmother’s dining room totally enjoying a most delicious plate of lasagna and cannoli’s for dessert. When the servers realized we were both celebrating a birthday they surprised us with a rousing song of Happy Birthday in Italian and each birthday girl was presented with a beautiful cupcake with a lit candle to blow out– oh yes and I cannot forget our after dinner cordial, Lemoncello, made directly from their represented region of Italy, outstanding in originality!!!!!!

Each evening EPCOT puts on a magnificent firework/lightshow on the lake between Future World and World Showcase. This is a show that will positively give you chills. The Illuminations and music is overwhelming. A perfect way to end an amazing time at EPCOT.

Polynesian Resort Disney waterfall, Polynesian Resort Lobby

As in all fairytales there is a beginning and an ending. So our Once Upon A Time came to an end full of new happy memories to go along with all those of the past. The ones that made us smile and laugh over our long extended weekend we were there together. Two old friends who got to be kids we once were again. No matter what your age while at Disney World time stands still and you are young at heart once more.

As we discovered, Disney and its Magic holds many charms, wishes and discoveries for all ages. It was within a matter of hours that we began to discover a light heartedness overtaking us. The transport of oneself back into a childhood as an adult, is one I strongly recommend for friends, sisters or siblings. It is an awakening of the magic that Walt understood. The living magic not limited to age but into finding the renewed child within ourselves no matter what the age that somehow is lost by everyday life.

Powerful emotions of saying goodbye to our time together overwhelmed and surprised both of us. We were both returning to our homes miles apart but feeling renewed by Walt and his timeless vision. Thankyou Mr. Disney, Thankyou!

We are already talking about when we can go back and enjoy all of the Magic all over again!!!!

3 Reasons ‘Ohana might become your family’s favorite restaurant

‘Ohana means family and apparently family means no one leaves the table hungry. ‘Ohana, the restaurant, is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House of Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Located on the backside of the resort, if you arrive by monorail, simply follow the signs and you are mere steps away! ‘Ohana’s prime location affords you a great view of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. Here are three reasons everyone in your family will love ‘Ohana:

The open grill at Ohana

A view of the oak fired grill that is the centerpiece of Ohana

  1. The food.You start with warm pineapple-coconut bread; but as good as it is – only have a small taste – there is a lot of food coming! Next, your server will bring you a bowl of tossed salad. The salad is tossed with honey-lime vinaigrette and it was so good I could have made a meal out of just salad. No sooner was I digging into my second plate of salad (I forgot my cardinal rule of pacing myself) then a huge platter of potstickers and honey-coriander wings appeared along with a heaping bowl of broccoli and lo mein noodles. And again, I could have made a meal out of wings and potstickers. Empty your bowl? Don’t worry, with
    Potstickers and honey coriander chicken wings

    The appetizers at Ohana – as good as they are, make sure you don’t fill up on them!

    the help of Disney magic (and your server) it will continually refill itself – but be warned, we haven’t moved onto the main course yet! The main course is served churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) style. All of the meats (sirloin shrimp, pork, and chicken) are cooked over an open oak grill in the show kitchen in the center of the restaurant. The meat is cooked and served on swords. Your server will bring skewers of each type of meat to your table and you simply tell him or her if you would like some (and how much). Since there is such a great volume of meat passing through the kitchen it was always hot and fresh – not sitting over a warming burner. We did have a couple of pieces of meat that were fatty/tough but given the nature of the restaurant, we simply asked for more as the servers came around. Then, once you have gone through the sword, eat, repeat until you are confident you couldn’t eat another bite – dessert is served! Dessert is bread pudding with banana caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, served family style. While it was very tasty, I was too stuffed to eat more than a couple of bites.

  2. The fun. Yes, having your dinner brought to your table on a sword is fun but ‘Ohana has nightly entertainment for the keiki (children). Each night there is a hostess/singer/ukulele player who leads the children in song, hula instruction, and coconut races. And once all of those activities are done, the keiki bring a loved one to dance with them while you are serenaded. This show lasts about 30 minutes and gives the children activities and games to play during dinner. Grown-up kids are welcome to join in the fun too. Then before returning to their seats the keiki and their loved ones receive a flower lei. In all fairness, this entertainment can be a blessing or a curse. For us, it was a blessing – at 6 and 7 our kids were old enough to partake in the festivities without mom and dad; thus giving my husband and I some time to eat dinner and talk. If you have younger kids who wish to participate it will mean mom or dad has to stop dinner to go supervise, which is not always as fun for the grown-up as it is for the little one.
  3. The drinks.The kids can’t have all the fun! We sampled several of the Polynesian’s specialty drinks (we ate there multiple nights – it wasn’t all at once!) The lapu lapu is perhaps the most famous drink from the Polynesian. While it is fun sipping out of a hollowed out pineapple, the drink itself was not my favorite, lacking any distinctive “island flavor”. The Island Sunset had no fun gimmicks but it’s smoothie like consistency and tropical fruit taste definitely
    Backscratcher at Ohana

    One of the grown-up concoctions available at Ohana.

    won me over. Finally we tried the Backscratcher. This one is no joke! It definitely packs a punch – and a 2 foot long bamboo backscratcher as a garnish. The drink itself is quite tasty, although strong, and nothing is funnier than the odd looks you get for having a giant backscratcher sticking out of your drink!

‘Ohana is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant. Adults can feast for $39.40 and children can enjoy for $19.16. These prices include tax but not gratuity or alcoholic beverages. They also accept the Disney Dining Plan as a one credit table service meal. This popular restaurant books up fast so advance dining reservations are strongly recommended. ‘Ohana is also home to the Best Friends character breakfast. ‘Ohana means family and our ohana loves ‘Ohana and I think yours will too!

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Saying “I Do” at Walt Disney World! Fairytale Weddings

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Disney Weddings by Amanda Casey

He got down on one knee and popped the big question and you of course said yes, but now what? You have a laundry list of things you need to do. The dress, the bridesmaids, the cake, the food, the venue… The venue! Holy Cow the choices of venue.. Everything else seemed to fall into place for me but the venue… To get married in a church or in a garden somewhere. Neither of these places seemed much in line with what I had envisioned for my wedding. I was discussing this one night with my sister and my Princess goes “Mom what about Disney?” My sister and I looked at each other and had one of those DOH! Moments. Of course.. Disney. My fiancé and I love Disney! So we race back to the computer and start plugging into the World Wide Web for Disney Wedding. They have a website fabulous! Instead of going to 1000 different sites Disney has put it all at my fingertips @ http://www.disneyweddings.disney.go.com

Ok I can do this.. To pick a place at Disney World to have the wedding… Better yet the budget. Looking through the web site my sister and I were pleasantly surprised. Disney offers something for just about any budget and party size. Disney World has four wedding packages that can fit anyone’s budget.

Memories Wedding Collection~ This is for a small intimate wedding or a vowel renewal. For $2495.00. You can have a service on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday at :

Conch Key Marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Luau Beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Sunrise Terrace at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Included in that price:

Ceremony Location

A fresh floral bridal bouquet

A Violinist for the Ceremony

A three (3) consecutive hour limousine charter for transportation for the couple on the Wedding day or an in-room Romantic Celebration at your Disney Resort

The services of a professional Disney Photographer for up to one (1) hour to capture the Ceremony and portraits including 20 5″x7″ prints

An on-site Wedding Coordinator for your ceremony

A personalized wedding website

This ceremony type is that it is only for the bride groom and up to 8 other people.

Escape Wedding Collection~ The Escape Collection has a variety of choices to hold the ceremony:

The Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort

Canada at Epcot

Sunrise Terrace at Disney’s Wilderness Resort

Sunset Pointe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Sea Breeze Point at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

The Wedding Gazebo at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

These places can hold ceremony’s seven days a week. Specific times that vary with each location and some of them require park tickets. What’s included is:

Ceremony Location

A fresh floral bridal bouquet

A Violinist for the Ceremony

A four (4) consecutive hour limousine charter for transportation for the couple on the Wedding day

Wedding cake and champagne toast with a Mickey and Minnie cake topper

The services of a professional Disney Photographer for up to one (1) hour to capture the Ceremony and portraits including 20 5″x7″ prints

An on-site Wedding Coordinator for your ceremony

A personalized wedding website

The pricing fluctuates from $4750.00 to $7500.00 depending on location and day of the week. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are more expensive. There is a maximum of 20 guests at these locations with the exception of the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort which can seat up to 300 but not for the Escape Collection price.

Wishes Wedding Collection ~ This collection allows a wider variety of locations including in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Pricing starts at $12,000.00 and goes up to $20,000.00 depending on the day of the week. They have minimum requirements for guest, but the reception is included in this.

The last is the Couture Collection by David Tutera. The minimum starts at $65,000.00 but has all the bells and whistles along with a famous name. The price includes the ceremony and a reception area.

With all of the wedding collections there is a minimum night stay for the bride and groom. This allows you to get your Florida Wedding License and meet with your wedding planner and finalize things before the big day. You can book your wedding up to a year in advance by calling the wonderful wedding consultants at 321-939-4610.

It is also a great idea to book your rooms and wedding party with a travel agent. We highly recommend Frances with Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. She can be reached at 404-414-6198 or frances@distinctive-journeys.com

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Hop on a Monorail for FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities

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You hear us say over and over- A Disney vacation is fantastic and memorable, but it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. Next to your room and food costs, theme park tickets are one one of the next largest purchases for any Disney trip.  We always seem to be searching for inexpensive ways to get the most from our Disney Dollars. Sometimes it’s nice to do other activities that don’t involve purchasing tickets or expensive character meals. Window shopping at Downtown Disney is good for half a day’s free, or almost free, entertainment and riding the WDW monorail to the resorts is another. [Read more…]

The Polynesian Resort: Are You Ready for the Fabulousness of Club Level?!

Polynesian Resort,

Aloha from Teri!

Every other year my three cousins and I plan a “girls week” at Disney. For one particular trip, we decided to stay at the Polynesian Resort. We liked the idea of staying on the monorail circuit and being close to the Magic Kingdom, our favorite park!

The Polynesian Resort is absolutely beautiful, with lush tropical gardens in abundance. The Polynesian has an ambiance of the South Pacific. The main building upon arrival is the Great Ceremonial House with its own tropical garden right in the center. This is where you check-in and can find Ohana Restaurant. The resort consists of eleven different buildings called “Longhouses.”   Each Longhouse has a different tropical name surrounded by lush gardens. [Read more…]