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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Chef Mickey’s Character Breakfast: Is It Worth the Big Buck$?!?

Welcome to Chef Mickey's.

Every photo has a story.

Disney vacationers have stories galore of character meals, yet I was an ancient forty-two before I ever dined with a character.  Why did it take so long?  Probably the cost. My pre-teen sons paid for my first character meal breakfast last Christmas Eve as my Christmas present. Was it worth the wait?  Most definitely.

Chef Mickey’s is a restaurant in Disney‘s Contemporary Resort which serves a buffet-style breakfast and dinner, all the while Disney characters make their way around the room and to your table for photos. Chef Mickey, Minnie, all sorts of their Disney pals, a monorail zipping through the building, and some amazing seasonal dishes provide the makings of quite a memorable meal.

Picture this…The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet serves up drinks, fruit, cereal, pancakes with toppings, Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles, eggs, omelettes and delectable pastries.

I think I mentioned price was a factor in my later-in-life character meal experience.  I am not the biggest breakfast eater on vacation, and characters are cute, but you know, I’m old, and I’m mainly behind the camera, not waiting to pose with Goofy.  Plus I’m really just pretty cheap.  When I asked my sons if they felt like they had gotten their money’s worth, because not only did they pay for my meal, but they also bought half of their own breakfast as well, neither hesitated to say yes.  They said they had a great time, and they wanted to make this an annual experience. Even when I told them we could have eaten a similar meal downstairs at the Contemporary Resort’s The Wave restaurant for almost half the amount, they both replied they liked the characters and the upstairs location.  I told them I should start rolling change so I can afford my own meal next time.
Just what is the price?  The cost is $15 to $35.99 for the Chef Mickey’s character breakfast, not including the tip, which is a recommended 18% to 20%.  
How do you make reservations?  You can book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days before your visit.  You must use your credit card to hold your reservation, and if you cancel within 24 hours of your reservation, or heavens-to-Mickey, you don’t make it to the meal,  a cancellation fee per person of $10 will be charged to your credit card.  If this is a really special occasion, celebration cakes are available for an additional charge.  You can order your cake a mere 48 hours in advance by calling (407) 827-2253.
Whew, $40 for one adult breakfast. I could feed my family of five for less than this at McDonald’s, but this is a Disney vacation, and Chef Mickey doesn’t dance and pose for photos at McDonald’s.  I say give it a whirl, and make sure you double up on the pastries before you monorail yourself over to the Magic Kingdom.

Thanks for coming along for a photographical ride!

Amanda

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Mouzing Around on the WDW Monorail

All aboard the WDW monorail

Every photo has a story.

“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.” If you’ve ever ridden on a Disney monorail, this simple exit speech is etched into your Disney memory forever.

Picture this…since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried more than 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 transports 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 some of the breathtaking resorts along the monorail route.

Your first stop…the Contemporary Resort offers some 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.  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.  Need some quiet time to rest your achy feet?  Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area, where there are usually some fluffy couches available, and the bathrooms here are super clean, quiet, and roomy.

Next stop…the 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 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.

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride!

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