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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

A tropical paradise built around 45-acre Barefoot Bay, this Resort hotel brings the Islands to you with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and colonial architecture. Six villages—Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica—host colorful Guest rooms, some pirate-themed! “Island-hop” as you explore 200 lushly landscaped acres, or simply enjoy lazy days soaking up the sun in a hammock.

Recreation:
At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, there are six leisure pools – one in each village – that offer a tranquil environment for a swim or lounging the day away in the sun. But the pool that takes the cake here is the Fuentes del Morro Pool: a zero-entry pool themed like a colonial Spanish fortress. There are two waterslides and water cannons that let kids spray water! There is a shipwreck play area where little ones can play on mini slides and in an interactive water play area.

Numerous family-friendly activities are available such as bike rentals, volleyball, fishing, and movies under the stars. For children ages 4 to 12, they can set sail on a Pirate Adventure Cruise following clues to find a hidden treasure!

Dining: 
Although this resort is currently undergoing refurbishments, there are two quick service dining options. Old Port Royale Food Court is open for breakfast and lunch offering everyone’s favorite Mickey waffles, French toast, cheeseburgers, smoothies, and more!

Banana Cabana Pool Bar offers delicious specialty drinks poolside such as the Captain’s Mai Tai, beer, wine, sangria, and a full bar.

Transportation:
Complimentary bus transportation to and from all Disney theme parks and water parks is available. Buses also run to Downtown Disney area and Disney′s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. Internal buses also shuttle between the 6 villages.

Immerse yourself in this resort hotel as it brings you some of the best the Caribbean has to offer – swaying palm trees, soft beaches, and colonial architecture. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Delicious Ideas For Treating Mom on Mother’s Day At Walt Disney World Resort

Delicious Ideas For Treating Mom on Mother’s Day At Walt Disney World Resort

Whether it’s a delectable brunch or a sweet cupcake on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park, there are plenty of ways to say “I love you” to mom on her special day on May 14.

Let’s start with brunch:

  • Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. some favorites from the dinner menu are added to the buffet, and breakfast include one mimosa per adult.
  • Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is offering a Mother’s Day character brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a Bloody Mary bar and generous buffet.
  • Next door at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, the Mother’s day brunch is from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with a holiday buffet.
  • The Wave . . . Of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will host a buffet Mother’s Day brunch from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Garden Grove Mother’s Day Character Brunch Buffet will be 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Swan.
  • For something sweet, Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom Park is offering a Magic Kingdom Mother’s Day chocolate raspberry cupcake. And Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has a triple chocolate cupcake just for mom with an edible Mother’s Day plaque for decoration.

Call your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to book Mother’s Day brunch at Walt Disney World.

Connect With a Banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar

Connect With a Banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar

Guests visiting Pandora – The World of Avatar will fly on the back of a mountain banshee at one of its major attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage. Soaring on the back of one of these powerful winged creatures represents an important rite of passage for the Na’vi.

Today, Disney has announced a new way for guests to connect with these animals at The Rookery inside Windtraders, the primary merchandise location on Pandora. Cody Hampton with Disney Parks Merchandise gave us a first look at these new interactive creatures, and explained how they continue the tradition of immersive storytelling found at Disney Parks.

Connect With a Banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar

“We love bringing to life stories from our attractions through creative and innovative product designs,” explained Cody. “Banshees are an important animal on Pandora, both as an animal in the ecosystem and as a cultural symbol to the Na’vi. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also will feature a Na’Vi River Journey ride, where guests get a chance to cruise through a Pandora jungle. They are also part of one of the signature attractions, so it felt natural to feature them as a must-have souvenir from a visit to Pandora. These banshees are fun, interactive, and continue the excitement guests will feel when experiencing [Avatar Flight of Passage].”

At the Rookery, a Naturalist from Alpha Centauri Expeditions will assist a guest with identifying a favorite banshee from among 10 unique styles. Each interactive banshee includes three ranges of motion – mouth, head, and wings – that are controlled by hand. Guests will also hear them make authentic banshee sounds provided by Disney’s partners at Lightstorm Entertainment.

Connect With a Banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar

“We worked closely with [Lightstorm Entertainment] when designing the banshees,” continued Cody. “Their colors were inspired by banshees seen in the ‘Avatar’ motion picture. Their sounds make them feel as though they flew directly into Windtraders from the attraction. Guests will determine each banshee’s personality through a combination of hand movements and sounds.”

Guests can either display a banshee on their shoulder or cradle them in their arms. Disney will also offer a banshee perch that is sold separately.

Connect With a Banshee at The Rookery inside Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar

“The mountain banshee has come to symbolize our continued commitment to the environment,” said Cody. “Before guests depart Windtraders, Naturalists will encourage them to make a pledge to respect and protect the natural world on Pandora and back home on Earth.”

When you see other banshee keepers on Pandora, or back at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, please greet them with “Oel Ngati Kameie” (“I See You”), the traditional Na’vi phrase of greeting and respect.

22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Stretches to 75 Days

22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Stretches to 75 Days – With Record 35 Marketplaces

There are many special numbers to celebrate as we announce the 22nd annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, opening Aug. 31 and running through Nov. 13 – that’s 75 days to sip, savor and enjoy one of America’s top food festivals (13 more than last year).

And to celebrate Epcot’s opening 35 years ago in 1982, there will be a record number of Marketplaces – 35 in all – stretching around World Showcase and into Future World.

While the Marketplaces play a starring role, we recommend planning ahead so you don’t miss your favorite celebrity chefs, hands-on culinary workshops and demonstrations at the Festival Center, Party for the Senses, or your favorite artists at one of the nightly Eat to the Beat concerts. Stay tuned. We’ll let you know when schedules are in place and bookings for specialty festival events open this summer.

22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Stretches to 75 Days – With Record 35 Marketplaces

Chefs are busy at work on new dishes for the Marketplaces, paired with wines, beers and ciders. We got a taste of the new crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and red-eye gravy for the Farm Fresh Marketplace and the spicy Korma Chicken with cucumber-tomato salad, almonds, cashews and warm naan bread from the India Marketplace– just two of the intriguing and delectable new tastes that will be in the 2017 cookbook. Another favorite was the charcuterie in a cone from the Spain Marketplace, perfect for strolling and tasting. For a favorite sweet, it’s back to India with the pistachio cardamom cake with a dollop of chocolate coconut mousse. And these are just a sampling of dozens of new tastes.

This year there are more family favorites, too, with the Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt back for another year as well as culinary demos and dishes geared toward kids’ palates.

22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Stretches to 75 Days – With Record 35 Marketplaces

Along with Party for the Senses, the festival includes specialty dining and pairing events at World Showcase restaurants and events at the resort hotels such as Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation: 
At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, there are three pools just waiting for you to enjoy. The Luna Park Pool is a carnival themed pool with a 200-foot-long waterslide that invites you back to the 1920s. There is a whirlpool spa for adults, a kiddie pool for little ones, and a lounge and bar serving refreshments and snacks. Two leisure pools are also available offering a tranquil swimming experience.

You and your family canenjoy an afternoon of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf located near the hotel or one of the many outdoor activities such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, or a motorized boat rental.

If family friendly activities such as bike rentals, movies under the stars, fishing, and tennis don’t peak your interest, you can surely enjoy a walk along the BoardWalk. A quarter-mile promenade of dining, shops, and nightlife, you can spend your whole night here enjoying all it has to offer.

Muscles & Bustles Health Club:
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn provides a full-service workout facility, home to fitness equipment and a sauna ensuring you’ll stay fit even while on vacation!

Dining:
There are great dining options along the BoardWalk. At Flying Fish, you’ll experience fine dining and premium sustainable seafood. Brews and bites are available at the family friendly microbrewery Big River Grille & Brewing Works. There you can watch the onsite brewmaster craft six specialty beers through floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re looking for quick service options then BoardWalk Bakery and Pizza Window are the best options.

Transportation: 
Staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

This lively and charming waterfront resort hotel is a Walt Disney World favorite for good reason. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Countdown to Pandora – The World of Avatar: Cast Members Prepare to Bring Pandora to Life

Countdown to Pandora – The World of Avatar: Cast Members Prepare to Bring Pandora to Life

As Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

Decades later, it’s no different for Pandora – The World of Avatar, which will come alive on May 27 thanks to the enthusiasm and talent of our 700 cast members who were selected to open this epic new land. Cast members are in training now to help guests soar through the skies on the back of a banshee in the attraction Avatar Flight of Passage, sail through a bioluminescent rainforest in the family-friendly attraction Na’vi River Journey and walk beneath towering floating mountains.

In addition to training for these new roles, cast members will be immersed in the Na’vi culture, by learning about their language, environment and way of life. One example is the way cast members will be able to welcome guests to this awe-inspiring land with the common Na’vi word for hello – Kaltxi (kahl-T’IH). In fact, each cast member on Pandora has received a handbook with some common Na’vi phrases, such as Oel ngati kameie [well NGAH-tee KAH-mey-yeh]. In the native language of Pandora, this means, “I see you.”

Countdown to Pandora – The World of Avatar: Cast Members Prepare to Bring Pandora to Life

Here’s a first look at the special nametags for cast members representing Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), a futuristic travel company that prepares visitors from Earth for their exciting adventure to Pandora. You might also notice that cast members who are “Earning their Ears” may be wearing a ribbon that features the Na’vi word for student: Numeyu.

The multi-year expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has created 1,500 jobs since construction began, including about 800 construction jobs and the 700 operational roles specifically for Pandora, ranging from engineers, attraction hosts, food and beverage and more.

To the Disney cast members joining us to help create unforgettable memories for guests as they visit Pandora, welcome … or as the Na’vi say, Zola’u nìprrte’!

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

Are you a Disney movie buff? If so, there’s never been a better time to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” released earlier this spring was a smash success, while discussion around Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 2017) and even “Frozen 2” (November 2019) are already buzzing online!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers movie-themed entertainment experiences and attractions based on guest favorite films. Check out our suggestions for your summer visit below.

1. “The Music of Pixar Live!” – Set to debut May 26, this brand-new, limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters. The show will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check the park’s Times Guide for more.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks – Excited for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December 2017? Celebrate the Star Wars saga in this state-of-the-art show that features fireworks, projection effects, dynamic lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics that light up the night with an unforgettable finale.

3. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along – Did you catch this week’s news that “Frozen 2” will be released in theaters November 27, 2019? Celebrate the heart (and songs) of the original “Frozen” film by checking out the park’s For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

4. “Beauty and the Beast – Live On Stage” – Did you catch the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” in theaters this spring? If you loved the film, don’t miss Belle and Beast’s love story played out live on stage at the park. “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” is performed multiple times each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five Can’t-Miss Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Summer 2017

5. Classic Attractions – Of course, many must-do guest favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been inspired by beloved films, including Toy Story Mania!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Ride to the Beat of Favorite Tunes on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park

Ride to the Beat of Favorite Tunes on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park

Just like Star-Lord crosses the cosmos to the beat of vintage pop songs from his awesome mix tape, guests aboard the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park will rise and fall to the tune of six famous pop favorites throughout their epic adventure. Each time guests board a gantry lift to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience one of the six randomized scenarios created for the attraction. Each ride profile will utilize the attraction’s hair-raising ascend-and-drop sensation, as Rocket hotwires the lift to play one of these awesome songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s or early ‘80s:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980)
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament (1975)
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf (1968)
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 (1969)
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winters Group (1973)
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (1972)

The songs and drop sequences aren’t the only things that will vary among these randomized scenarios – each one shows a different version of the escape, with different action sequences playing out before your rising and falling gantry lift.

The multiple ride experiences are the result of extensive research, experimentation and ride testing by the creative team at Walt Disney Imagineering. The team worked from a list of nearly 100 fun, high-energy songs, narrowing the list down to the final six by testing each one in action. Boarding a gantry lift, they donned their own headsets – just like Star-Lord – and played each track to see which songs worked best with potential ride profiles.

“A strong identifiable rhythm and a memorable hook were key points,” explained John Dennis, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “For example, ‘Free Ride’ has an iconic guitar hook, a killer bass line in the verse and, in the chorus, the backing vocals have a great ascending line. The rock n roll music playing on board the ride is just plain fun. The songs, each paired with its own ride profile, give us six unique experiences.”

The songs enhancing the adventure of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! aren’t the only ways in which the attraction acknowledges the importance of music in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. “Guardians of the Galaxy” film composer Tyler Bates wrote the music for The Collector’s Fortress lobby and office scenes, as well as for the attraction exit.

Come rock to the beat of these favorites when Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park!

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay is going to be jam packed with amazing thrills and heart-pounding water slides. And thanks to the TapuTapu wearable, you’ll be able to virtually wait in line for these incredible attractions. This means you’ll have more time to kick off your flip flops, sit back in your padded lounger and take in the soothing island breeze.

Here are seven ways to rejuvenate and unwind in our tropical paradise.

1. Sandy Beaches

Imagine warm sand sinking between your toes while you gaze out at crystal clear waters. This vacation dream becomes a reality at Waturi Beach, where you can relax by the waves of a sparkling lagoon that sits at the base of the mighty Krakatau. You can find Waturi Beach in Wave Village, the first of three villages you’ll encounter at Volcano Bay.

2. Tropical Beverages

Unwind with refreshing tropical cocktails and frozen drinks inspired by fruity island flavors. Try one of our favorites, POG, a non-alcoholic blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Adults can sip on our Toasted Coconut Pineapple beverage, a delicious mix of toasted coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

3. Premium Seating

Leave your beach chairs at home and reserve one pair of padded loungers instead.* With premium seating around the park, just pick the location of your seat, sit back and soak in your vacation.

This private space includes one pair of padded loungers, an adjustable umbrella and built-in locker storage – which makes it a perfect place to keep your things when you want to take a dip in the crystal waters of Waturi Beach.

4. Private Cabanas

Escape to your own private paradise and rent a cabana for the day.* With options like single units with seating for up to six, or family units, with seating for up to sixteen, there are plenty of options.

Cabanas come with concierge service with exclusive menu options, a fruit and snack basket, a small refrigerator pre-stocked with bottled water, complimentary locker and towel service and more.

5. Island Cuisine

Take a break from the slides to enjoy our unique island-inspired food. There are over 60 options to choose from, including our Pulled Chicken Mole Taco, Poke Poke Bowl or Jerked Mahi Sandwich. Treat yourself to dessert with Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake or Guava Tapioca Pudding.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

6. Winding Rivers

At Volcano Bay, it’s okay to be lazy – and at the Kopiko Wai Winding River, you can do just that. Take a slow ride through the tropical landscape, journey beneath the lava rocks and venture to Stargazer’s Cavern to reveal the magical night sky above. Located at the River Village, this is something fun for Waturi of all ages.

7 Ways To Relax And Unwind At Universal’s Volcano Bay

7. Leisure Pools

Make sure to check out the Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village. In this leisure pool, you can relax while your little ones enjoy fun features like bongo drums and spraying water.

Watch the bravest Waturi take on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of The Reef, a peaceful leisure pool in the Wave Village. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.

Volcano Bay is the perfect mix of fun and rejuvenation. How do you plan to relax at Volcano Bay? Tell us in the comments below.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation:
Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club share the massive 3-acre water wonderland that is Stormalong Bay. Here you can float down the lazy river, slide down one of the highest waterslides at Walt Disney World, or relax in one of the three whirlpool spas. There are also three leisure pools to enjoy for a more tranquil swim.

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You and your family can enjoy an afternoon of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf located near the hotel or one of the many outdoor activities such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, or a motorized boat rental.

Sandcastle Club is an exciting children’s activity center for ages 3-12 where they’ll learn about volcanoes (and even build one themselves!), join a specially trained cookie chef to bake chocolate chip cookies, and even train like a buccaneer with Captain Hook.

beachclub_3Dining:
Disney’s Yacht Club offers dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between for everyone to enjoy. There are three lounges and two quick-service options. Beach Club Marketplace is the perfect place to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the parks, and at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer poolside.

Cape May Cafe is a casual restaurant that offers a seafood-and-more buffet for dinner but at breakfast, join Minnie and her friends for a character breakfast!

Transportation:
Staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

There’s nothing like a day at the Yacht Club with its New England charm and family-friendly activities. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Casual Elegance at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Discover the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style resort hotel. Savor exquisite dining, and explore the pools, lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay. Sail around Crescent Lake on a rented mini-powerboat, and experience the luxurious comfort of a Club Level Suite. Sharing many amenities with its more formal sister, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation:
Disney’s Beach Club Resort may possibly have the coolest pool at Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay is a 3-acre water wonderland that features a sand-bottomed pool, a lazy river to float down, three whirlpool spas, and a life-sized shipwreck replica with a 230-foot-long waterslide, making it one of the highest hotel slides at Walt Disney World. There are also three leisure pools to choose from if you’re looking for a more tranquil swim.

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Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is near the resort and features 36 whimsical and challenging mini golf holes. You’ll put your way through scenes featuring hippos, marching broomsticks, and dancing ostriches all inspired by Disney’s classic film Fantasia.

Seemingly endless outdoor activities can be found at Disney’s Beach Club such as fishing, motorized boat rentals, tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

Dining:
beachclub_3Disney’s Beach Club offers dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between for everyone to enjoy. There are three lounges and two quick-service options. Beach Club Marketplace is the perfect place to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the parks, and at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer poolside.

Cape May Cafe is a casual restaurant that offers a seafood-and-more buffet for dinner but at breakfast, join Minnie and her friends for a character breakfast!

Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness:
Enjoy a massage, facial or workout at this full-service exercise facility at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Never miss a beat in your workout routine thanks to fitness equipment from Hammer Strength, Life Fitness and Cybex or relax and rejuvenate with massages and facials designed to soothe your spirit, mind, and body.

Transportation:
Staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

There’s nothing like a day at the Beach Club with its New England charm and family-friendly activities. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

This week was the last time Disney Cruise Line transported Disney cruisers to “a galaxy far, far away” for an entire day of fun – in 2017, that is. We’re so excited to be bringing back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018 for another season of out-of-this-world adventures!

 

Over the past four months, guests aboard the Disney Fantasy have discovered the Force by hanging out with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and other iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during the epic day at sea on their Caribbean cruise. Now, you’re invited again to join us in 2018 when the day-long celebration returns to 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings from January through April.

Escape to the Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Step into the heart of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs, and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic.

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Recreation: 
Cool off amid African-inspired architecture and a wildlife preserve at the Uzima Springs Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool. The Uzima Springs Pool is an 11,000-square-foot oasis surrounded by canopy trees and features a zero-depth entry and a 67-foot-long waterslide. The Samawati Springs Pool is an even larger pool that features an exciting 128-foot-long waterslide and a nearby lounge and bar for snacks and refreshments.

Simba’s Cubhouse is an activity center for kids aged 3 to 12 to run wild in a supervised, fun environment full of activities, snacks, and plenty of friends to be made. Also located at Animal Kingdom Lodge is the Hakuna Matata Playground: a 24-hour playground overlooking the flamingo area and savanna.

Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center:
Service your body, mind, soul and spirit at this workout facility and sauna offering massage and facial treatments. Here you can unwind with a soothing massage or facial designed to invigorate your body and relax your mind. For additional rejuvenation, a sauna is available on site.

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Dining:
There are three main restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma – Flavors of Africa resembles a lively African Marketplace that features all you can eat buffets for breakfast and dinner; Sanaa is a family-friendly feast that lets you experience the art of African cooking while the animals roam the Sunset Savanna right before you; Jiko – The Cooking Place is truly a fine dining experience that offers traditional African and Mediterranean cuisine that changes seasonally. You can take part of the Jiko Wine Tasting that takes you on a charming tour through the wine regions of South Africa.

Transportation:
Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. The bus stop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located near the entrance.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has just begun greeting guests at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

BB-8 appears in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Frozen Summer Games Coming to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Frozen Summer Games Coming to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney has announced that the “Frozen” Summer Games will be returning to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park starting May 26, with even more snowy, summery fun!

And for the first time in forever, you will be able to meet and take photos with Kristoff and Olaf at Blizzard Beach! Either Kristoff or Olaf will be at a designated character greeting location at the park, where you can snap photos of each “Frozen” star and let them know which team you chose to play for.

Following the success of the inaugural “Frozen” Summer Games last year, guests visiting Blizzard Beach can once again join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of activities, from Ice Pail Relays and a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. It’s going to be a blast!

With crafts, games and a DJ spinning some up-tempo tunes throughout the day, the “Frozen” Summer Games are sure to be a major highlight of your day at Blizzard Beach this summer.

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be playing for Team Kristoff or Team Olaf this summer!

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