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Fantastical Gingerbread Displays Decorate the Walt Disney World Resort

Fantastical Gingerbread Displays Decorate the Walt Disney World Resort

As the holiday season draws near, the Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs are bustling with excitement as they prepare their magnificent gingerbread displays! Each year, guests travel from around the world to see the beautifully-crafted gingerbread creations that adorn our parks and resorts. Today, we’re giving you the inside scoop on what’s in store for this year!

Starting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant will have a 3-foot long African-inspired gingerbread marketplace on display from Dec. 10 to Jan. 2, created by Pastry Chef Amber Vega. Over at Epcot, Pastry Chefs Noah French, Jason Stricker, and Crystal Saunders will be putting together two gingerbread displays at The American Adventure featuring the United States Capitol Building as well as the Lincoln Memorial. These will be on display starting Nov. 19 and will contain over 50 pounds of gingerbread! On Black Friday, Nov. 24, Pastry Chefs Yoly Lazo and Joseph Lodato from Disney Springs will have a set of gingerbread icons that celebrate the story behind Town Center; look for a display in the window of Amorette’s Patisserie where you can enjoy a sweet treat in between shopping stops.

Fantastical Gingerbread Displays Decorate the Walt Disney World Resort

If you’re planning to go resort hopping to see the festive holiday decorations, our deluxe resorts will be featuring gingerbread displays that you won’t want to miss. Starting Nov. 9 on the 4th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll find the beautiful Cinderella Castle, designed by Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes and his talented pastry team. This display recreates the castle in the style of legendary artist Mary Blair on a backdrop inspired by “it’s a small world.” With oversized gingerbread cookies depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests from the castle forecourt, this 18-foot tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and a mouth-watering amount of modeling chocolate!

This year also marks the 18th anniversary of the Holiday Carousel – a life-size, edible spinning carousel that’s become a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This year’s carousel is designed by Pastry Chefs Thomas Huebner, Jennifer Ladisky and Cindy Roman. The Lilo and Stitch-themed carousel will feature horses with hand-painted holiday characters and hand-crafted gingerbread snow flakes. See if you can spot all 18 hidden Mickeys on this display!

There will also be a limited-edition pin featuring Lilo and Stitch available for purchase starting 11/17 at the Beach Club Marketplace. And right next door at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you’ll also find the annual Holiday Miniature Train! These beautiful holiday displays will be in the lobbies of each resort starting Nov. 17.

Fantastical Gingerbread Displays Decorate the Walt Disney World Resort

And for our “Grand” finale, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its famous life-size gingerbread house, which will be located in the main lobby of the resort Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Each year, the Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spend over 400 hours baking the gingerbread and over 160 hours constructing and decorating the house, which also contains The Bake Shop. There you can find gingerbread ornaments, cookies, and gingerbread house kits, all made using a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria. On Nov. 18, there will be a pin trading event with a special limited-edition pin featuring the penguins from “Mary Poppins.” What’s more, decorating aficionados will be excited to attend gingerbread house decorating demos conducted daily in the lobby in front of the display starting Dec. 1.

Note: Parking at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels is for the exclusive use of guests with confirmed rooms, dining and recreation reservations. However, bus transportation is available from each of the four parks and Disney Springs. Guests may also park at the Ticket and Transportation Center and visit Epcot, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Contemporary Resort via the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail.

Keeping Your Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

Keeping Your Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

It’s summer and that means it’s hot and humid. And if you are vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, there are many ways to beat the Florida heat.

With two water parks and nearly 60 intricately-themed pools spanning over 47 square miles, you and your family may find a different water activity to exhilarate your senses every day of the year, not only during the hot months.

Keeping Your Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park features the water coaster thrill ride Crush ‘n’ Gusher, as well as the brand new Miss Adventure Falls! And one of its main attractions is a two-and-a-half-acre wave-making pool that pumps out some of the largest man-made waves in the world – so large, in fact, that you can even take surfing lessons.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is sure to keep your family icy cold with the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort, but in the hot Florida sun.

Keeping Your Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s water parks are just the tip of the iceberg. You also can enjoy a variety of exotic resort-based water adventures depending on which Disney Resort you choose to call home. From the two-and-one-half-acre Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, to the 11,000 square-foot Uzima Springs pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you are certainly drenched with ways to beat the heat at Walt Disney World Resort.

What are your favorite pools at Walt Disney World Resort?

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.

Casual Elegance at Disney’s Beach Club Resort


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.

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.


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!

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.

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!

New Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Soon you can enjoy the delights of afternoon tea at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.


Served in the comfortably elegant Crescent Solarium, overlooking Crescent Gardens, you will enjoy classic afternoon tea savories and sweets, including house-made scones, petite sandwiches and pastries.

The centerpiece of afternoon tea is, of course, the drink itself. Guest can choose from a list of loose-leaf teas–black, herbal, green, and white. From complex, floral infusion to sweet and zesty, these premium teas are impeccably brewed, served in Edgewood bone china, and poured tableside. A variety of alcoholic beverages, such as sparking wine, whiskey and stout are also available.

Afternoon tea at Disney’s Beach Club Resort will be served seasonally during the following dates:Feb. 11-14, Feb. 18-21, March 24-29, May 5-8, June 16-19 and Sept. 1-5, 2016.

To book your event, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings Return to Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Last year, Walt Disney World Resort introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings and we are excited to let you know these popular pairings are returning on select dates this summer and fall.


The intimate event is a foodie’s dream – a wine expert from the winery and a Disney chef guide guests through the tasting, detailing the notes of each pairing. The following dates currently scheduled to take place from 2-3 p.m.

  • August 22 – San Sebastian Winery
    *This event includes a takeaway bottle of Castillo Red wine in a lighthouse-shaped bottle. Cost per person is $60 to attend.
  • September 26 – Ironstone Vineyard
  • October 17 – Napa Smith (The only brewery in Napa Valley, CA)
  • November 7 – To Be Determined

Cost varies between $25-40 per person (before tax and gratuity) for three wines — or beers, if you are attending the October 17 event — perfectly paired with three small plates.

Beginning August 3, you can reserve your spot by visiting contacting your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner!

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