Take a Break at La Cava de Tequila


It was just recently that I had my first experience visiting La Cava de Tequila, a quaint little tequila bar inside of the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. And after visiting, I definitely had to wonder what had taken me so long! I now call this place a hidden gem of Walt Disney World and make sure that I mention it to all of my clients as a “must do” especially if the bar/lounge experience is of interest to them. Although the location is not exactly hidden, it is very easy to walk right past this bar when wandering through the Mexico pavilion and never even know that it was there. There is some great shopping inside, a boat ride with the Three Cabelleros, and a dimly lit intimate restaurant experience so it is hard to believe there could be more to do.

My drink of choice has always been the wonderful delicious amazing margarita. So it was only fitting that I needed to cross this off my Disney bucket list as soon as possible. And cross it off, I did! Not only did I manage to get there and try one of their delicious specialty margaritas, I got to try five different specialty margaritas! Slow down, before you stage an intervention, I did not drink all five and it wasn’t in one setting. My family and I were able to make it to La Cava twice during our trip (and got a seat both times). Each adult in my party made sure to order a different flavor both times so we could then in turn taste the different flavors.

So if are you wondering if a $14 margarita is any better than a margarita from Applebees for $5? The answer is an enormous …. HECK YES!!!!!
Ok so yes I agree, these margaritas are a tad overpriced so it certainly deters you from heavy alcohol consumption. And it’s difficult to justify it when you can get a frozen one outside for considerably less. But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed every single one that we tried, and the atmosphere just could not be beat. If you can get a table, order some queso or chips and salsa and take a break from the crowds and the heat, it can be a really great memory on your already memory-filled magical vacation. Now that I am in on the secret, I will be returning on each and every trip. I liked it that much.So if you are looking for suggestions and an idea of their offerings, here are the drinks that we tried and my ranking from 1 to 5 in terms of my favorites (1 being my favorite, 5 being my least favorite).

1. Blood Orange – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, sweet-tart mix of blood orange juice and hibiscus syrup, topped with wild berry foam served on the rocks with hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

2. Wild Passion Fruit – 100% Agave Tequila Reposado, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar and fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim

3. Cucumber – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, caramelized pineapple juice, fresh basil, cucumber and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass Himalayan salt rim

4. Pineapple – 100% Agave Tequila Reposado, ginger liqueur, caramelized pineapple nectar, fresh lime juice and agave nectar, served on the rocks with a cactus-lemongrass Himalayan salt rim

5. Avocado – El Mayor premium silver Tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar and fresh lime juice, served frozen with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim


Cucumber Margarita pictured

The Blood Orange was hands down my favorite and just delicious. The addition of the wildberry/mango foam gave it such a unique taste and the salt used on each drink really makes a difference as well. At first glance at the menu I wasn’t so sure about the salt, but it had a hot spice to it that really gave a nice kick to the flavors. I contemplated asking for regular salt because I honestly thought I would hate it. I loved it and could not get enough. Cucumber was middle of the road for me. It had more of a refreshing taste than the others and I think the oddness of the flavor choice makes it a must try. Pineapple and Avocado were last for me. Pineapple only because although delicious, I feel I have had drinks of similar taste before at other places and for the price it was not really worth it. Lastly Avocado due mainly to the fact that it was frozen and not on the rocks. I need my margaritas on the rocks! But again, how many places do you go and see an Avocado margarita on the menu? It almost makes it a must try!

La Cava de Tequila is a must do for all Walt Disney World fans, especially those who like to drink tequila. Margaritas are not even the half of it! The bar offers over 200 different tequilas, Mexican beer and wine, and you can even order a tequila flight if tequila tasting is your thing. I can’t be more thrilled that I finally got to experience it after years of traveling to the World. The snacks, drinks, and cozy atmosphere make it such a fun way to get away from the crowds and heat and have a little relaxation.
Katy Maxwell – Travel Specialist

Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced


photo courtesy of Disney

One of the great things about Disney is how it does holidays. No exception is the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. The celebrity narrators have been announced for 2013.

  • TBD
    November 29 to December 1, 2013
  • TBD
    December 2 to December 3, 2013
  • Ashley Judd – NEW!
    December 4 to December 5
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 6 to December 7, 2013
  • TBD
    December 8 to December 10, 2013
  • Dennis Haysbert – NEW!
    December 11 to December 13, 2013
  • James Denton
    December 14 to December 16, 2013
  • Edward James Olmos
    December 17 to December 19, 2013
  • Trace Adkins
    December 20 to December 22, 2013
  • TBD
    December 23 to December 25, 2013
  • Blair Underwood
    December 26 to December 28, 2013
  • Amy Grant
    December 29 to December 30, 2013

Celebrity narrators, dates and other entertainment are subject to change without notice.

You can wait in a standby line or you can book a Candlelight Dinner Package that will give you priority/reserved seating. Please know that if you are on the Plus Dining or Deluxe Dining Plan, these packages will use two table service/ dining credits.

You must have admission into EPCOT to enjoy this program.

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7 Forgotten & Unplanned Expenses that You Should Plan For

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By Mouze Kateerz Staff

Unplanned and forgotten expenses can totally wreck your Disney vacation or any vacation. Here are lists of things that you should plan to take or have money in reserve for.

1. Tipping: Gratuities are not included in your dining plans except for a few shows and restaurants. 18-20% is standard. You will also need to

Photo compliments of the Disney Company

Photo compliments of the Disney Company

remember to tip your valet, Magical Express Driver and housekeeping staff.

2. Reusable Mug: If you aren’t on the dining plan, you will want to consider purchasing this. It’s $13.95 + tax and you can refill it with soda & coffee the length of your stay at your home resort.

3. Something from the Drug Store: Be sure to pack medicines including ones you rarely use (allergy meds), diapers, rash cream & extra formula. These items  can be purchased through Disney or a personal shopper but they will cost you (at minimum) double of what you would pay at home. A taxi cab ride to the local walmart usually start around $20 each way depending on where you are staying.

4. SUNSCREEN: It really should go under drug store but is sooo important even if you travel in Florida.

5. Tolls: If you drive to the parks, be sure to take at least one roll of quarters to pay for them. They can add up quickly

6. New Brakes, New Tire, New Battery: Any car related expense can add up quickly be sure to have $500-$1000 on a credit card to use in case of one of these emergencies.

7. The overpriced souvenir that you had no idea that you were going to purchase but you can’t leave without:  On more than one occasion guests have been known to drop $300 on a purse that they didn’t know existed.

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Top 5 things to eat around the world at EPCOT!

Epcot Mission Space

By Lisa P.

The great thing about EPCOT is that you can try food from all over the world without leaving Florida! There are many options, but here are my top 5.Epcot Paris, Epcot France

1)Escargot in France…Yes, I know they are snails, but you don’t need to tell your kids that! You can get these buttery morsels at Les Chefs De France at lunch or dinner. My favorite time to try them is during the food and wine fest, they have a stand that comes with 3 escargot in their own little bread bowl, they are wonderful!

2)Seafood Bastilla in Morocco. Restaurant Marrakesh offers these thin pastries in both chicken and seafood. Both are great, but I favor the seafood. They offer these in both an appetizer portion and full meal. The great thing about restaurant Marrakesh is that they don’t fill up too fast, so we can often stop in there for a quick appetizer portion.

3)Tilapia al Huitlacoche at San Angel Inn Restaurante in Mexico. This is a delicious dish served at dinner at the table restaurant in Mexico. It is seared tilapia over poblano rice with a corn mushroom sauce, it is a must try!

4)Wood fired pizza from Via Napoli in Italy. If you are looking for some good pizza while at Disney, then Via Napoli is the place for you! All of their pizzas are wood fired, and the selection of toppings is wonderful! I love the chicken sausage with onions and mushrooms, but you can mix and match any of the 15 toppings to find your favorite!

Epcot Le Cellier, Epcot Le Cellier sign, Epcot Le Cellier menu, Epcot Le Cellier prices5)Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier. This cheesy dish can only be found at Le Cellier in Canada. If you are lucky enough to be at EPCOT during the food and wine festival you can get it there as well. This soup is wonderful, and this coming from someone who asks for less cheese on everything, not more! It is the perfect mix, and is made with Moosehead beer and bacon, need I say more?

I hope you enjoyed seeing what my top dishes are from around the world! Hopefully you will get to try some on your next vacation!

lisa pLisa
I am a huge Disney fan and have been going since before I could walk. I love going every year and always trying at least one new thing! Going to Disney is always a great girl’s only trip for my Mom and I, and we love every minute of it!
I am also an avid runner and have done several half marathons and am training for a full, I will be doing the Expedition Everest Challenge in May and the Dopey Challenge in January. I will also be making my first trip to Disneyland in 2014 for the Dumbo Challenge and to get the Coast to Coast Medal. I can’t wait until I move to Florida so that I can do all the Run Disney events at WDW!

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EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival


By Frances

EPCOT’s flower and garden festival is amazing! It’s a must see for any Disney Fan. Here is a preview that you can find on the Disney Parks Blog site.


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How big is the Walt Disney World Resort?

Magic, Memories, and You

By FrancesEpcot Mission Space

Walt Disney World is comprised of approximately 92 miles of  theme parks, resorts, restaurants, shopping, water parks, and mini-golf. Everything is spread out, so even when you take your own car, you’re still going to do a lot of walking. Not to forget that you will do some pathways multiple times.

~ Overall WDW is approximately 47 square miles.

~ The Magic Kingdom is approximately 107 acres. You can place the Magic Kingdom into the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

~ Disney’s Animal Kingdom is approximately 500 acres.

~ EPCOT is approximately 300 acres.

~ Disney’s Hollywood Studios is approximately 135 acres.

You could very easily walk 7-10 miles per day just walking around your resort and one theme park.

With this much walking, it’s very important that you take care of your feet. Be sure to wear comfortable, well broken in shoes. Good socks are also a must. I usually take an extra set of socks with us just in case the pair I’m wearing gets wet or I feel as if they need to be changed.

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What is there to do at Disney World as an Adult?

Epcot Mission Space

By Frances

Disney is just for kids, right? WRONG! There are so many things to do that are amazing experiences that an 8 year old wouldn’t like to do or enjoy.

Top Answers:

Drink around the world at Epcot: One drink from every country. Epcot Paris

Dine at Victoria & Albert’s



Here is what our readers had to say:

Lisa Petrarca:  Drink around the world at EPCOT, sit down for a nice meal at Narcossee’s, take a day to just resort hop, spend an afternoon at the spa, go to all the shows at EPCOT around the world.

Melissa Rhodes: Dine at Victoria and Alberts – other than that, we pretty much bring the kids with us.

Teresa Scavette: I like to hang out in Downtown Disney into the wee hours enjoying the street musicians while having a drink or two.

Mike Ellis: Cindy and I would eat at a Victoria & Alberts, and we would try parasailing!

Teresa Scavette: I’ve eaten at Victoria & Alberts – an amazing dining experience for sure!!!! Best part – at the end of the meal – I got a rose and my husband – the bill !!!!!

Amanda Casey: Drinks in a couple of the countries in EPCOT, A 2 ticket dining service at one of the Deluxe resorts, or all of them An afternoon at one of the spa’s. Wake up late instead of being at whichever park opens early.

Kim Ziemer-Gerdes: Food and Wine Festival and drink my way around the world!Epcot Mexican Pavillion, Epcot San Angel Inn

Didi Marie : Shop! Buy something small in every pavilion in the World Showcase. (Of course, that would mean going without my husband too!!)

Kay Drenth: Enjoy all the “street performances” without someone asking if it was over yet.

Becky Mensing-Kimmet:  I would do the same things as if my kids were with me because I will always be a kid at heart and LOVE Disney World

Se Crippen: The all-day behind the scenes tour–don’t want to take the kids on this one and spoil the “magic”

Erin Haust: Downtown Disney bar hoppin!

Gail Linzmayer Devine:  Drinks around the world in Epcot… just me though, my husband doesn’t drink – so i’d get wasted and let him take care of me, lol.

Sue Moyer:  The last two years I have gone to opening day of the Flower and Garden Festival all by myself!

Pam Tolland Patrone:  Walk slower.

Chrissy Ott Morrison:  Ride Rock N Roller Coaster over and over and over…

Christie McGuire Struck:  Eat at Victoria and Albert’s Chef’s Table!!Downtown Disney  1

Cindy Phillips Travis: Browse the shops in all the countries in the World Showcase…

Sarah Wiegand Thomas:  California Grill- Did it without kids in January & enjoyed the fireworks from the balcony!

Rene Gaudet:  Hit the spa.

Rebecca Comunale:  We are doing Victoria & Albert’s before we have kids.

Ruth Lindsey Haney:  Sleep in

Joanne Stoverchy Gullo:  Eat the”kitchen sink”

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Kristin Martin: Probably skip some of the rides but other than that, the trip would be largely the same.

Michelle Baldwin Peek: Run Disney! which we will be doing in November. Disney’s wine and dine half marathon

Susan Silvis VanSlyke:  I always go to Disney without my children…until she was 26. Then we went together

Kristy Bogardus Purcell:  Eat at Victoria & alberts.Epcot Japan, Epcot China,

Debra Klein Pagliasotti:  Victoria & Alberts, Wild Africa Trek

Joanne Smith:  I wouldnt go without my daughter!!!! I love having her with us, she loves everything there and is a joy to take out to dinner!! She loved exploring the worlds at Epcot!! She was 5 when we went!!!

Brandi Pettit Walstrom: Eat good food! NO QUICK SERVICE MEALS! That’s what my hubby and I did for our 10 yr Anniversary

Tammy Beasley: Spaaaaaaaaahhhhhh…

Sara Lehner: Take my time through Epcot World showcase! That is my daughter’s least fave part and the one I’d love to explore more!

Chrystie Wojcik:  Well said Becky Mensing-Kimmet! I did all the same things before I had my son and I love taking him to my favorite things… Last summer I did go out myself back to Hollywood studios in the rain and did all the grown up rides, though!!!

Rebecca J Hodges Morris: ROLLER COASTERS!

Melissa Moody:  Wild Africa trek

Gail Linzmayer Devine:  oooh- spa!!! yes, that, too!!!!!

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

Chef Mickey's

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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Top 11 things Teresa Loves about Disney

Castle magic kingdom

By Teresa

Since February is the month set aside for ♥love♥ here are a few of my favorite Disney things that I ♥love♥ to do!!!!

1. See Cinderella’s Castle as I walk into the Magic Kingdom

2. The Main Street Electrical ParadeDisney turkey leg t-shirt, Disney t-shirt, t-shirts, Disney shirts, Disney kids shirts, Disney clothes,

3. Eating a turkey leg while wondering through the park

4. Watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle

5. Riding Thunder Mountain Railroad – over and over and over

6. Going into The Haunted Mansion for the umtienth time

7. Running to be first in line at Soarin

8. Screaming my heart out on TestTrack as we take the turn on the outside

9. Eating my way around EPCOTItaly Epcot

10. Sitting and smiling the whole time through Capt Eo with Michael Jackson

11. Challenging my husband in Toy Story Mania


But my favorite thing is going back to our beautiful resort whichever one I find myself this trip – lying my head down on the pillow and just waiting for all of the excitement and wonder the next day will bring!!!


Teresa Scavette

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TeresaTeri Scavette lives in Runnemede NJ. She and her husband, Dan, own and operate a window treatment business. Teri is a vereran of four Disney cruises and over 70 trips to WDW. “I so look forward to each trip more than the last. Why do I love Disney?

Quite simply…Being there and making so many happy treasured memories with my family just makes my heart smile!”

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Fastpass plus revisited

fastpass plus sensors

Fastpass plus revisited

By Lisa P.

I was one of the people chosen back in May to try out the new fastpass plus system. When I tried it then I was not a fan…You can check out the article in the Mouze Kateerz archives. When I got mail from fastpass plus for our December trip I was very apprehensive, but decided with only having a short 2 day trip that I didn’t have anything to lose. Let’s just say, Fastpass Plus may have won me over! Here are some of the top reasons that you may like the new Fastpass Plus system (And one reason that you may not!)

You chose what park you go to and on what day and plan your rides from there.

fastpass plus choose expierence

When we went in May we were approached on our way to the Magical Express and asked to participate. We could only choose MK, but got to choose our day. This didn’t end up working for us. This trip however, we got the Fastpasses in the mail, each with our name already on them and with a website to go to. Each pass is equipped with an RFID chip so it can be scanned at the fastpass entances. Once on the site we could choose from MK or HS and could choose which we wanted to do which day. With this being a 2 day trip we had a pretty good idea on which parks we wanted to do each day. We chose HS for Friday and MK for Saturday. From there we chose 3 rides at HS that we wanted to do…you can imagine how happy I was when I saw that Toy Story Mania was one of our choices!! We ended up choosing Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Star Tours. Once our choices were made we were given a list of start times to choose from. Since we were flying in that day and going to lunch at EPCOT first we really liked being able to choose a later start time. Our first FP was for 2:10 and the last at 5:30. For MK we got to choose 4 rides and decided on Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion. We again got to choose a start time, and decided on 3:00 with our last one being at 11:00pm. We were ready and on our way!

You can make changes after your initial choices are made..Even if you have already done the first ride!

fastpass plus confirm changes

While at the studios we got a regular FP for Rock N Roller coaster. The time for it was 5:30-6:30, the same as when we were supposed to be on Star Tours. We knew we could do both within the hour, but we also wanted to do the Osbourne Lights and get back to EPCOT to ride Test Track. While in the middle of the park I could pull up the Fastpass Plus website and choose to change my time on Star Tours! I was able to move it up to earlier so we could do all that we wanted to that night without an issue. We did the same thing at MK when we decided that we wanted to get back over to EPCOT that night for illuminations. We made a couple changes on that one and rather than Space Mountain we go to do Big Thunder twice! The nice thing was, not only can you change the time you have, you can also change the rides. This was a huge help when plans change, and a huge improvement over the first time we tried it and were stuck with times and rides that ended up not working for us.

If you are a planner this is a huge plus!

I know there are people out there that like to plan where they will be each day (I will readily admit that I am NOT one of those). If you know where you are going to be, this is the way to go. You don’t have to worry about running from ride to ride getting your Fastpass and you don’t have to wait 2 hours to get another one! Plus, if your dinner is running longer than you thought, then you can just get online and change it! I like the fact that they added some flexibility that was not there before. One other nice feature is if one person doesn’t want to do a certain ride, you can choose which person to choose for each ride. You can have your whole group on Tower of Terror, or let those that don’t like thrill rides to something more mellow at the same time.

The reason you may not like it

I am not a planner when it comes to going to Disney. As many times as I have been there I like the flexibility to wake up and decide from there what we feel like that day. We make ADR’s, but other than that we try not to plan too much. I already have to get online 180 days before my vacation and decided where I will feel like eating everyday, I am not looking forward to also having to decide what parks I am going to each day as well. I do like that I can make changes, and can see myself using this for Toy Story, Test Track and Soarin’. There are just so many rides that I want to do while I am there that I feel like I would spend as much time making changes as I will be actually riding the rides. One other downside is that if you don’t have a smartphone making changes could be an issue. They may end up putting up kiosks, but if they don’t then you may end up being stuck with what you chose months ago.


Overall, I am changing my old opinions of the Fastpass Plus. We got a lot of use out of it, and were able to do much more in those 2 days than I originally thought we would. I just still worry that it could cause issues for non-planners and possibly FL residents that decide on a whim to go to the parks and don’t have this option. Only time will tell how it ends up working out, but one thing is for sure, Disney is moving towards some big technological upgrades!


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Lisa just moved to Nashville, TN, after spending 28 years in Ohio. She has been a huge Disney fan since her parents took her on her first trip at age two. 2. She has been to Disney over 70 times and worked at Blizzard Beach as part of the Disney College Program. She is now working on finding a way to move to FL, so she can be closer to her favorite place on Earth!


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