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California Grill

Savory Pacific Coast cooking with a view of Cinderella’s Castle? That’s what you get after taking the private elevator up to the 15th floor at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! California Grill is an award-winning restaurant that combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with the melting-pot culture of California.

The menu at California Grill changes seasonally and may include specialties such as handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, Florida swordfish, and oak-fired filet of beef. Famous for their mouthwatering sushi and brick oven-fired flatbreads, you can’t possibly make a bad decision with whatever you order.

Brunch at the Top
Although dinner is the only meal served at California Grill, the restaurant is open for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy live musical entertainment and complimentary mimosas throughout brunch. Treat yourself to a menu of charcuterie, sushi, and seasonal brunch dishes that are made from the freshest ingredients. To pair perfectly with your meal is a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews, and an extensive list of wines.

California Grill Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in this first-come, first-served style seating. Stay a little longer for one of the best views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the lounge or the outside observation deck!

You can get to Disney’s Contemporary Resort by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Flying Fish

At Flying Fish, you’re welcomed with a stylish and sophisticated ambiance that makes you feel like you’re dining on a classic Atlantic boardwalk. From all over the restaurant, you have a view of the open kitchen where chefs use the freshest and premium sustainable seafood.

Dinner is the only meal served at Flying Fish – taking reservations from 5:00pm – 9:30pm

The chefs at Flying Fish create specialties nightly that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Blue crab bisque, plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops, and wagyu filet mignon are just a few options you’ll have a tough time choosing between. Peruse the handpicked wine and cocktail list designed to complement every meal. Be sure to save room for dessert to end your meal with a seasonal sweet treat!

Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner
A flavorful and exciting 5-course prix fixe menu is available with this dining option. Sit right at the chef’s counter with a front row view of the open kitchen. Your dishes are prepared in front of you with a perfectly paired wine to complement each course. While enjoying your dinner, you have an exclusive chance to talk to – and learn from – the chef!

Flying Fish is located on Disney’s BoardWalk and you can get there by bus or boat. After your dinner, head to Atlantic Dance Hall where you can dance the night away at this nightclub that plays songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and today. If dancing all night isn’t your thing, maybe a dueling piano bar is! Head to Jellyrolls to enjoy sing-alongs and give the two piano maestros your requests! To enjoy Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, guests have to be 21 and older.

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The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

It may look similar to the James Bond Spy watch from 1965, but, it is oh so much more. The MagicBands are an all-in-one device and is a part of the New My Magic+

When you book your Walt Disney World package you will be given a link by your Travel Planner to log into Your My Disney Experience and associate your reservation. 60 Days prior to your arrival date you will be able to go into your planning center and Customize your MagicBand and it will be shipped directly to your home shortly after. The excitement already starts to build when you have your Magic Box show up at your door step!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are worn on your wrist and can be sized for all wrist sizes. They can be customized by color and with your name or nickname placed on the back of the band. Be sure to order your band prior to 11 days before you travel so you can have it shipped to your home. If you do a last minute booking, no worries, your band will be sent to the resort for when you check in.

The MagicBands can also be decorated with special accessories — MagicBandits and MagicSliders. One accessory that we found very helpful was the CoverBands. Because the bands are made out of magic rubber, a hot day can prove to be a little sweaty, but, with the CoverBand your wrist will remain comfortable and less sweaty. We felt it was worth the $6.95 for one – or you can purchase a pack of three for $15.95.

 The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The bands are water proof, even for that long soak in the hot tub! So you don’t have to worry about losing your room key when you set it on the chair with the towel! You are wearing it!

Just rolled out this past weekend you can now use your MagicBand for your PhotoPass photos. We loved this feature as well – no fumbling for the card while trying to keep track of the kids and all your belongings. Simply pose for your photo and tap your band.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBand works with your FastPass+ choices that you will select before you arrive or once you get to the theme park. I highly recommend picking them prior to your arrival. We could not believe how much we loved this feature. We thought scheduling them ahead of time would be a pain, but, once you have used it and saw it in action we were sold! Remember the Fast Pass Dash? – Dad gathering all the Key to the World cards and running down Main Street to get the family their fast pass for Space Mountain? Well, now Dad can enjoy the stroll down Main Street with the rest of the family because you already know in advance that you WILL get on Space Mountain. Another really exciting feature with the FastPass+ is the Character Meet and Greet locations. If your daughter always wanted to meet Rapunzel, and you know that you cannot schedule a Character Meal with her, well you can schedule a FastPass + option for the Rapunzel Meet and Greet at the new Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You can leave home knowing your little one WILL meet Rapunzel.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

All in all, you will love the benefits of the MagicBands. They are convenient, easy to use, fun to get delivered to your doorstep and to accessorize once you arrive.


Laura Schiely, Kingdom Magic VacationsGuest Author – Laura Schiely I am a Certified Travel Agent specializing in Disney Destinations including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise , Disneyland and Disney World. I also specialize in Universal Orlando, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sandals and Beaches.  As a Travel Planner, I work with my clients to develop a memorable vacation from the point of selecting a vacation destination, to planning the details and follow up when they arrive home. As a home based agent, I have the opportunity to be available for them when they need me. I value my clients time, budget and experience and treat each vacation as if it were my own. Contact me HERE.

‘Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fantastic flavors from some of Downtown Disney’s signature restaurants will take center stage this fall and feature some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes during “Downtown Disney Foodtopia,” October 1-October 31.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Seven restaurants are rolling out three-course dinners for $30, with a $60 option at Fulton’s Crab House (tax and gratuity extra). The seven restaurants include Bongo’s Cuban Café, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Wolfgang Puck Café.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Wolfgang Puck Cafe – Butternut Squash Soup

Each of the flavorful menu options include three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage. For instance, at Wolfgang Puck Café, guests can start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake or a brownie sundae.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood – Sicilian Eggplant Fries

Paradiso 37 is offering blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert, while Planet Hollywood has a choice of their Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna or their gargantuan Southwest Salad for your entrée options. Splitsville lets guests choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrees, with a brownie with ice cream for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fulton’s Crab House – Lobster

For guests craving savory seafood, the Fulton’s Crab House menu includes either shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie or root beer float for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood Southwest Salad

Walt Disney World guests can sample all that Foodtopia has to offer any day of the week between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Reservations and payment are required at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations can be made starting Sept. 28.

And for those wanting to make it a dinner-and-a-show evening, guests who make a Foodtopia reservation can save on tickets to Cirque du Soleil “La Nouba” with a 20 percent discount for everyone in their party.

To make dining reservations for Foodtopia, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Agent today.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Walt Disney World has officially reopened Fountain View at Epcot. And now, this Future World favorite is serving Starbucks drinks and menu items as well as your favorite house-made Disney treats.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View will be offering items like Starbucks Artisan breakfast sandwiches along with Disney cookies, brownies and gourmet cupcakes at the bakery. Starbucks offerings also include coffee as well as espresso and Frappuccino blended beverages. And yes, Fountain View will accept Starbucks cards.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View is the second location serving Starbucks at the Walt Disney World Resort. And like the Main Street Bakery, Fountain View in Future World at Epcot was designed to fit the current theme of its location.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

More locations are coming to Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s Animal Kingdom and, Downtown Disney so be sure and keep an eye open for updates.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Japan Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase

Rick Howard from Kingdom Magic Vacations take us on a quick tour of the Japan Pavilion inside Epcot’s World Showcase to see all the sights and sounds from Japan!

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Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Beginning Aug. 26, 2013, you can book reservations at the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which debuts Sept. 9, 2013.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Still featuring those spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort, the California Grill dining room has been transformed with a sleek, contemporary interpretation of mid-century modern California design.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The new menu features seasonal ingredients and lighter fare.  Guests will enjoy updated versions of longtime favorites, such as flatbreads, grilled pork tenderloin and oak-fired filet of beef. Plus, the sushi bar will offer a new chef’s choice menu.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

With 250 options on the wine list, there are 80 by the glass, 10 varieties of sake and eight types of craft beers and ciders. And, California Grill will feature its own menu of signature cocktails that you won’t find at any other Walt Disney World Resort restaurant.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Two communal tables of 10 are positioned at the north end of the dining room for optimal fireworks viewing. For outdoor fireworks viewing there are now two areas – one on the northwest side and a new deck on the southwest side.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The re-imagined California Grill opens daily at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 9, 2013.

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Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Do you have one of those places? You know what I mean … one of those places for which you hear great things, but you just never seem to make it there? For us, call that place Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

We had heard about it on podcasts, even seen it featured by our own Rick Howard (owner of Kingdom Magic Vacations) on his “Travel with Rick” video-cast. For whatever reason, however, we never made the time to go over and visit. Well, my wife and I remedied that foolish oversight and enjoyed Walt Disney World Resort‘s “all-you-can-eat” barbecue feast, for the first time, a few months ago.

It was a hot day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and it was approaching lunch time. Where to eat? We toyed with the idea of visiting Pecos Bill but were really feeling in need of a sit-down meal. One of our favorite stops is the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Cafe, but it didn’t quite pique our interest that afternoon. Then, we thought about Whispering Canyon.

In possession of no ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation), we knew we would be “walk-ins”, and, as such, we were a little bit concerned that there would be “no room at the table” for us. As it turned out, though, the restaurant wasn’t crowded at all. Take a look!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Welcome to Whispering Canyon Cafe!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

C’mon in!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Not that busy at all!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Looking towards the back of the restaurant.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Look past the diners. The restaurant opens up with a great view of the Wilderness Lodge lobby.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

A look back at the entrance.

We were quickly seated at a comfortable table and handed the Canyon’s menu of “delicious-ness”.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

How can we pass by the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter”?

My wife ordered some Evian, while I ordered a Diet Coke.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Don’t you just love using a Mason jar for a glass?

You have to love the “dinner-ware” too.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

I would like to slip these shakers into my backpack. Shhh! No, I didn’t.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Look! A “not so” Hidden Mickey! Where’s the BBQ?

Our meal came out pretty quickly and was served “family-style”. Their delicious cornbread came first.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

But, finally, the “star of the show” arrived!

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

From left to right: pulled pork, corn, sausage (slightly hidden), ribs, chicken, and mashed potatoes. Foreground: beans.

Dining Recon: Whispering Canyon Cafe

A place for almost everything!

As far as my wife and I were concerned, the pulled pork and the ribs were the best of the bunch. That’s where we had our “seconds”. And, “thirds”!

For the amount of food we got, and for the price (merely $21.99 per person), Whispering Canyon Cafe was a pretty good value, in our opinion. If you’re a fan of good BBQ, all of the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Platter” items were good. The ribs and pulled pork, however, were outstanding! We suggest you stop by and give them a try.

One suggestion, though? Make an ADR. We got lucky and hit the restaurant at the right time. They’re usually pretty darn packed! Oh, and whatever you do … ask for some ketchup. You’ll find out why!

Bon appetit!


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Morocco at Epcot’s World Showcase

Rick Howard from Kingdom Magic Vacations take us on a quick tour of the Moroccan Pavilion inside Epcot’s World Showcase to see all the sights and sounds from Morocco!

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Enjoy a Dinner at the Flying Fish Cafe on Disney’s Boardwalk

We LOVE Dining at Disney! As a matter of fact, after all these years of visiting Walt Disney World and even Disneyland, now the restaurants are as much of an attraction for us as the Theme Parks! I know it sounds hard to believe, but Disney restaurants are an attraction in themselves!

After all, they do have world class chefs, wonderfully themed restaurants and fantastic and diverse wine lists themed to that restaurant, the best example that comes to mind is Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the most extensive lists of South African wines than any restaurant in the country.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

So along with planning which park we’ll visit and how many FastPasses we can get, we think about which restaurants we’ll be dining in. On a recent trip, we had the opportunity to eat at one of our favorites, the Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

At the Flying Fish, guests dine amid parachuting fish, funhouse mirrors, decorative roller coaster tracks and a whimsical, backlit Ferris wheel. The ambiance and décor really are incredible, it’s totally sets the stage for the wonderful meal you will soon be enjoying.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

As you walk into the restaurant to be seated, you will pass by and be able to peer into the onstage kitchen, where chefs use uber-fresh ingredients to create such succulent specialties as potato-wrapped red snapper, crispy crab cakes and char-crusted strip steak.

A very popular experience at the Flying Fish is the Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner for a savory 5-course prix fixe menu with expertly chosen wines.

Take a seat at the chef’s counter, directly in front of the onstage kitchen, and interact with the talented culinary team preparing the evening’s specialties.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

The Chef’s Tasting Menu changes daily but may include such delicacies as miso-cured yellowfin tuna with shirred quail egg or ginger-laced Maine lobster ravioli.

Dinner seatings for this experience—which is designed for Guests 10 years of age and up—are at 5:45 PM and 8:15 PM, Sunday through Thursday. Groups of up to 6 can be accommodated and reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

Dining at the Flying Fish at Disney's Boarkwalk Resort

As we were seated, some warm bread arrived at our table and we selected a wine, the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. We were parched from a hot day in the parks and this fit our fancy wonderfully!

There we six of us dining, so we chose a variety of appetizers to start off. Actually we chose the three signature appetizers, Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari – with Asian Dipping Sauce, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll – with Wasabi Foam, and a Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce and Signature Flying Fish Cafe “Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake” – with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade. Each was fantastic, but I think the Calamari was incredible!

Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari

Crispy Sesame and Togarashi-scented Calamari

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura Tuna-Vegetable Sushi Roll

"Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake" - with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade

“Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake” – with Vegetable Slaw and Ancho Chile Rémoulade

For our entrees, one of our friends had the Trio of Heritage Berkshire-Kurobuta Pork, which was incredibly which had a rich pork au jus and was incredibly tasty. Another tried the Fragrantly-spiced “Char-crusted” Yellowfin Tuna, which is one of my favorites and is maybe the best Tuna I’ve had anywhere. Another of our table mates ordered the Mussels appetizer and Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese which was a great choice. Two signature entrees on the menu are the Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak always tough for me to choose between these two. Well thanks to the Chef, we don’t have to anymore! Now they have combined the two into a Chefs Thunder Entrée Duo.

Fragrantly-spiced "Char-crusted" Yellowfin Tuna

Fragrantly-spiced “Char-crusted” Yellowfin Tuna

Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese

Roasted Heirloom Beets and Fresh Vermont Goat Cheese

Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak

Idaho Potato-wrapped Red Snapper and the Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak

The Char-crusted Angus New York Strip Steak comes with a Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Red Bermuda Onions, Young Carrots, and Haricot Verts with Classic Sauce Foyot which tops it off so nicely! The Char on it is perfect while the steak stays juicy and tender on the inside!

The Potato-wrapped Red Snapper is served over a Rich Leek Fondue with a Veal Glace de Viande and Red Wine-Cassis Butter Reduction. The fish is flaky, tender and moist, and the leek fondue just melts in mouth, delicious!

We did manage to save just a bit of room for dessert, I know sounds crazy, right? The Flying Fish is known for its Caramelized Banana Napoleon, Crisp Phyllo, Banana Mousse, Crème Caramel, Exotic Fruit Coulis, and Bitter Chocolate. As one of my friends who recently tried this said, “I’m so mad I just found out about this”!

We also tried the “Nuts about Chocolate” Indulgence, Caramel Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Mousse, Candied Pecan and Butterscotch-laced Blondie, Chocolate Sorbet, and Candied Marcona Almonds, while the Banana Napoleon was really good, the chocolate sorbet and the almonds was my favorite!

"Nuts about Chocolate" Indulgence,

“Nuts about Chocolate” Indulgence,

Flying Fish Cafe is a Signature Dining location, which means that it is one of the pricier places to eat at Walt Disney World. Expect to spend $36-60 per person, or to use 2 credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.

The Chef’s Wine Tasting Dinner includes a 4-course prix fixe menu that includes wine pairings for $149 plus tax – groups of up to 6 can be accommodated.

Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made 180 days in advance.  Reservations are required for the Chef’s Wine Tasting Dinner.

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Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

Walt Disney World hotels will soon be implementing a refillable mug system that has recently been tested at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. The new program, called Rapid Fill, will begin this month at all hotels featuring self-serve beverage stations.

Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

 

The three All-Star Resorts will be the first to roll out the new program, which will offer guests a refillable mug that contains an RFID chip that can be activated for a pre-selected number of days. The mugs can then be filled with drinks at any beverage station only during those designated days.

How Does It Work?

Guests can buy the Rapid Fill mugs at resort counter service locations and gift shops. Days are calculated by calendar date, not the time of day.

Currently the refillable mugs cost $15.49 at the resorts and can only be used at the same location (via the honor system) as long as you are a resort guest.

The mugs cannot be used during follow-up visits to Walt Disney World resorts and they may not be used at the water parks but may be filled at any resort with self-serve beverage stations. The new mugs will also be included with the Disney Dining Plan.

Smart Refillable Mugs Introduced at Walt Disney World Resorts

Here you are just some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) you may have about the “Rapid Fill” mugs (via Orlando Park News):

– What’s the difference between the current Resort Refillable mugs and the Rapid Fill mugs?
The Rapid Fill mugs offer Guests flexibility by allowing them to choose one, two, or three days of refills or for their entire length of stay. The RFID (radio frequency identification) chip installed in the mug alerts Guests as to how many days they have remaining on their mug. The program was tested in 2011 at Disney’s All Star Resorts and is similar to the technology currently used in mugs sold at Disney water parks.
– Can non-Walt Disney World Resort Guests purchase and use the mug? 
Yes. Anyone can purchase and use the Rapid Fill mugs at any resort self-service beverage station.
– Can the Rapid Fill mugs be used in multiple resort hotels? 
Yes. The Rapid Fill mugs may be enjoyed at any resort hotel self-service beverage station.
– Can I bring the same Rapid Fill mug each time I visit the Walt Disney World Resort?
No, past mugs cannot be activated for future visits. Guests who purchase the Length of Stay option for Rapid Fill program can use the mug for fourteen (14) consecutive days after activation. Guests can extend the mug beyond the 14-day Length of Stay option as long as it’s still within the current length of stay.
– If the mug is activated for first use at 5 p.m., will the one day count until 5 p.m. the next day?
No, the day will end at 11:59 p.m. that night. Each day is a calendar day (12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.), not a 24-hour period. Whenever the mug is used for the first time, regardless of  time of day, the mug will expire for that day at midnight.
– Can the current water park mug be used in resorts? 
No. The current water park mug is only valid in water parks, with no resort add-on option. However, Guests soon  will be able to add a water park option for their mug.
– Can Guests purchase a Resort Rapid Fill mug anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort? 
Resort Rapid Fill mugs may only be purchased at Walt Disney World Resort hotels with self-service beverage  stations.
– If a Guest prefers not to purchase the Rapid Fill mug, can they purchase a regular mug instead?
The Rapid Fill mugs will be the only refillable mugs available at this time. Guests may choose to purchase
nonrefillable paper cups for their drinks if they prefer.
– Can mugs be microwaved?
No, the mug cannot be microwaved.
– What is the price of the Rapid Fill mug?
The prices of the mugs vary based on Guest preference for number of days for refills, as follows:
  • $8.99 for 1 day
  • $11.99 for 2 days
  • $14.99 for 3 days
  • $17.99 for length of stay (4+ days)

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Dining Recon: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – Guest Blog Post

One thing you learn when you start writing Disney dining reviews is that you better move quickly. For example, a few months ago, my wife and I enjoyed Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for the first time. Not too long after that, we learned that the soda shop had made changes to their menu. What?!

The second thing you learn is that, when Disney menus are altered, the actual changes get a bit less press than you might think. Having said that, I thought it would be interesting to compare “then” and “now” in the context of recounting our burger and ice cream feast.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Prior to our visit, I honestly felt that the best burger in Walt Disney World lived at The Fountain in the Walt Disney World Dolphin or at Pecos Bill in the Magic Kingdom. In fact, each time I saw the question, “What’s the best burger in Walt Disney World?” on a chat board, my thoughts went to “Bill” or the Fountain. Naturally, they got my votes. Then, I would watch other Disney fans rave about Beaches. What was I missing?

Here’s the view back “then”. You have to love a menu that refers to one of its sections as “Burger Heaven”, don’t you?

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Here it is now…

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

First of all, my wife’s selection of the Beaches Rachel Sandwich lives on at its former price of $11.49. That’s a good start.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

“My” Bacon Angus Beef Burger, however, survived the menu upheaval but with a bit of a disappointing recipe adjustment. Formerly topped with smoked bacon and cheddar, it’s now served with bacon, blue cheese, BBQ sauce, and onions.

I just “crowned” it the TRUE ‘best burger’ in Walt Disney World, and now they change it altogether?! Even its price – a hefty but worthwhile $13.99 – got “revised” to $14.49. As it was, it looked great and WAS phenomenal. Now, the jury is out again.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

On the other hand, the Angus Beef Burger flip-flopped its toppings (and its price) with the Bacon Angus. Now at $13.99 (as opposed to $14.49), it has dropped the blue cheese and BBQ sauce in favor of cheddar. Wouldn’t that make it an Angus Cheese Burger? Clearly, another research trip is in order.

Other notable menu changes include:

The price of the Chicken Caesar Sandwich increased $1.00 to $12.99

The Classic Turkey Club, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque, and Pot Roast Sandwiches are all served on Brioche Bread instead of Sourdough.

The Grilled Vegetable Sandwich was dropped in favor of a Vegetarian Falafel.

The Chicken Caesar Salad’s price increased $0.50 to $13.49.

And, finally, the price of the infamous Kitchen Sink sundae has increased $2.00 to $28.99.

For the most part, the menu was “tweaked” more than it was changed. If you can swallow the prices, I would highly recommend at least one visit to Beaches and Cream in your WDW guest “career”. The soda shop atmosphere is quaint and entertaining, and the food tastes great! Especially the “No Way Jose” sundae! Yum!

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

 


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

 

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has long been on of our favorite Disney Resorts.  Partially because it captures the essence of seaside resorts of the Victorian era – a playful blend of nostalgia and modernism.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

When the “Grand” first opened its doors 25 years ago today, the opulent resort made a dramatic first impression — a black tie gala with VIPs like Burt Reynolds, Governor Bob Martinez, the late Frank Wells and several of NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts in attendance.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

With its snow white towers and red shingled roofs, Disney’s five-story Grand Floridian remains the crown jewel of Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

 

Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian Resort Celebrates 25 Years

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar – Guest Blog Post

If you’ve followed me at allinwdw.com for any measure of time, you know that my entire family loves Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  Frankly, from our view, for the price, it is one of the best places to stay at Walt Disney World Resort.  It is clean, NOT crowded (as much as you might fear it is – given that it is a conference resort), and the people working there are top-notch.  Well, we also love their lake-side watering hole – Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

This way to paradise!

One of the things I tell people is that I fell in love with Walt Disney World many years ago because of the Cast Members.  As a young family, with one 2nd grader in tow, we were taking our very-first BIG vacation.  The staff at Coronado Springs made us feel like we were the only guests visiting Walt Disney World, and they made us want to be a PART of the magic.  What more can you ask for when you’re handing Mickey your hard-earned dollars?  Well, the bartenders at Laguna are prime examples of great service.

The Laguna Bar sits directly behind El Centro – the Southwestern U.S./Mexican-themed resort’s main (central) building.

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Only a few steps away from El Centro.

It is a small establishment, but, for us, it packs a large “punch” in the form of hours of enjoyment.  It’s our vacation, after all, and what does one do on vacation but relax?  Oh, we love the theme parks, don’t get us wrong, but sometimes we just want to sit around and chill.  Laguna Bar is an ideal spot.  A cold beverage of any variety, enjoyed by Lago Dorado (the man-made lake at the heart of the resort) takes us to a very happy place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

A comfortable, little resting place.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The stools encircle the bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

Welcome to Laguna!

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Ample seating.

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A beautiful view.

Food options at Laguna Bar are a bit limited, but Coronado’s Quick Service food court – Pepper Market – is just a short stroll away.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

If you’d like to stick around and keep your seat, however, Laguna sports a new menu.  With cuisine supplied by Cafe Rix, they have expanded their options to include nine salad and sandwich items as well as four “kids” meals and two desserts.  The former menu offered choices from amongst only two salads, three sandwiches, and two recipes of individual pizzas.  A big improvement!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

We had the Cobb Salad and the All Beef Jumbo Hot Dog.  The salad was fresh and very filling.  Accompanied by your choice of chips, the “dog” was a hearty little meal!

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You’ll love their signature cocktails. The Cancun Colada is especially tasty!

Whether you are buying a beverage or looking for a place to enjoy “take-out” from either Pepper Market or Cafe Rix, there’s plenty of seating.  For us, though, we enjoy a spot at the bar.  It is there that we can enjoy the company of Laguna’s outstanding staff of bartenders.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

No, Paola! We can’t drink that whole bottle!

If you’re looking for a surprisingly quiet, clean, moderately priced place to call home when you reach Walt Disney World, we would highly recommend Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  If you’re looking for a place to sit back, relax, and chill in the presence of friendly Cast Members and a beautiful view, then visit Laguna Bar.

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar

The crowd gathers!

The Three Caballeros request your presence!

Dining Recon: Laguna Bar


Guest Author – Bob Sikon

Guest Author Bob SikonBob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at allinwdw.com.

Main Street Bakery Now Serving Starbucks at Magic Kingdom Park

A major addition was made to Main Street U.S.A as Walt Disney World officially reopened the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park – a favorite stop for many Disney fans.  And on the menu for the first time at Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll now find Starbucks drinks and food along with delicious Disney house-made treats.

Main Street Bakery Now Serving Starbucks at Magic Kingdom Park

After the official opening ceremony, Main Street Bakery served up Disney cookies, brownies and cupcakes to Magic Kingdom Park guests. Starbucks offerings include coffee and espresso beverages and Frappuccino® blended beverages, as well as breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

Main Street Bakery Now Serving Starbucks at Magic Kingdom Park

Main Street Bakery, which is designed to fit with the current theme of Main Street, U.S.A., won’t be the only Walt Disney World Resort location to serve Starbucks. As previously announced, other locations are coming to EpcotDisney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And, at the Disneyland Resort in California, the Market House, serving Starbucks, is scheduled to reopen on Main Street, U.S.A., in September.

Let us know what you’re looking forward to ordering during your next visit to the Main Street Bakery in the comments below.

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