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Appetizing Occasions at Walt Disney World Resort

Appetizing Occasions at Walt Disney World Resort

If you’re looking for an unforgettable event to add to your Disney vacation, try one of these upcoming culinary experiences from around Walt Disney World Resort and be sure to book these events in advance to get in on the fun!

Appetizing Occasions at Walt Disney World Resort

Highway in the Sky Dine Around – Additional Dates Now Available

Additional dates through December have now been released for the popular Highway in the Sky Dine Around.

This culinary journey on the Walt Disney World Monorail takes you to three Disney resort hotels, where each destination offers a distinctively delicious experience. The journey starts with appetizers and cocktails at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You’ll soon travel to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to partake in dishes inspired by the South Pacific, and then it’s off to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where you’re invited to sit back, sip champagne and enjoy an artisanal selection of cheeses or charcuterie before enjoying the main course of your trip at Cítricos. The final stop on this magical journey drops you back off at Disney’s Contemporary Resort where you’ll retire to a private patio to enjoy a delectable array of desserts, cordials and coffee. Here, you’ll be able watch in wonder as fireworks light up the night sky over Cinderella Castle for the grand finale of your adventure.

Appetizing Occasions at Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort!

Join Mickey, Minnie and friends for a family-friendly barbecue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort as they celebrate the new year at Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ. During this special finger-licking, foot-stomping barbeque event, you’ll feast on mouth-watering items such as Bacon Jam Burger Sliders grilled on site, Wagon Wheel Mac’n’Cheese for the kiddos, and Mini S’mores served in Mason Jars!

In addition to this all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread, you’ll get to enjoy the sounds of a live bluegrass band and a DJ. After dinner, cowpokes can mosey on over to the dance floor for line dancing led by Disney Friends! Then get ready to count down to midnight and watch the world-famous Magic Kingdom fireworks from a special viewing area.

Appetizing Occasions at Walt Disney World Resort

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience

Calling all fine-dining aficionados: prepare to pamper your palate at an event you’ll remember for years to come! Ring in the new year in style with Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Dining Experience inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

When you arrive at the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful French Quarter-inspired décor and an array of stations that will immerse your senses in unique and extraordinary flavors, such as smoked salmon mousse cones and oyster beignets fried right before your eyes. Then, when dinner time finally approaches, you’ll be guided to a premier dining destination for the main course of the night where you’ll be welcomed by art-adorned walls with visions of New Orleans. Take in the rich scents and vibrant flavors as you enjoy herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish étouffé, Black Angus beef, braised short ribs and roast filet of beef with truffled celery root silk, all while enjoying the authentic sounds of a live jazz band. At the evening’s end, a spirited vocalist will join the band and bring the classic sounds of Disney’s “Princess and the Frod” by legendary composer Randy Newman to life. Soon after, you’ll be ushered to a private viewing area near the Porte Cochére, for champagne and the unforgettable sights of the world-famous Magic Kingdom fireworks to ring in the new year!

From beginning to end, it’s a beautiful way to welcome 2018 and it’s sure to be a night you’ll remember. Reserve your seats for this once-in-a-lifetime event today! Down in New Orleans – A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience will take place on December 31, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and will feature restaurant-style reserved seating.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this tropical oasis of coconut palms, lush vegetation, koi ponds, and white-sand beaches. Village longhouses flank the Great Ceremonial House, where torch-lighting, drums, and a traditional fire-knife dance welcome the night. On the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort invites you to savor “Ho’Onanea”—the passing of time in languid tranquility.

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Recreation:
You certainly can’t miss the Lava Pool at this resort. It has a towering volcano, a waterfall, and an exciting 142 foot-long waterslide that everyone will enjoy. The Oasis Pool is nestled amid a lush garden and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Also at the Polynesian Resort is Lilo’s Playhouse: a kid’s club for ages 3-12 where they’ll be visited by some of their Disney friends, be entertained with endless activities, and even enjoy dinner and late-night snacks.

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Dining:
Your family will enjoy a breakfast to remember with Lilo, Stitch, and their friends at ‘Ohana. At this feast-style breakfast, characters will sign autographs and pose for photos while you and your family start your day with hearty foods and plenty of laughs.

If you’re looking for dinner and a show, you’ll have to experience Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Hula dancing, fire dancing, and a show-stopping fire-knife performer will delight you with traditions from Polynesia as you enjoy an authentic meal.

Casual quick-service dining is available at 5 different locations on Polynesian property as well as two lounges and three other sit-down restaurants.

Monorail at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Transportation:
Board the monorail for an easy ride-in-the-sky to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The resort’s complimentary water taxi will also take you to Magic Kingdom park, and Disney’s Bus Transportation is always available to take you to most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a wonderful escape to the South Pacific and fun for the whole family. 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!

Bookings Begin July 21 for Premium Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

While there are plenty of events included with Epcot admission for the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this year’s “premium events” include some don’t-miss options.

Party for the Senses

Here are a few top picks:

  • Four all-new interactive culinary adventures in the Disney resorts encourage guests to ask the experts, taste and cook alongside our chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney Yacht Club Resort.
  • The new “Mix It, Make It Celebrate It” hands-on workshop gives guests the opportunity to learn from the pros – cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing and other fun activities.
  • The always-popular Cheese Seminars return. Learn “the wheys of the world” paired with wine, beer and other beverages with Max McCalman along with other experts.
  • Rockin’ Burger Block Parties are back for just three Fridays at World ShowPlace – and each party features a celebrity chef and all-you-can-eat specialty sliders paired with beverages. Join Chef Maneet Chauhan on September 30, Chef Alex Seidel on October 14, and Chef Jehangir Mehta on November 11.
  • You’ll want to masquerade in chic yellow and black for the Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses October 28 and 29, an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food.
  • This year’s Party for the Senses will be every weekend in October (that’s it!). October 8 features all the new chefs from Disney Springs; October 15 is a reprise of last year’s popular evening with Disney chefs from around the world.
  • What’s Cookin’ With … some of the country’s top celebrity chefs will begin the morning with a delightful plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. The fun starts with a demo, and the chefs answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes. The brunch is on select Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m.

Guests include:

  • Friday, September 16 – Elizabeth Falkner
  • Sunday, September 18 – Bryan Voltaggio
  • Friday, September 23 – Andrea Robinson
  • Sunday, September 25 – Robert Irvine
  • Friday, September 30 – Graham Elliot
  • Sunday, October 2 – Buddy Valastro
  • Friday, October 7 – Jamie Deen
  • Sunday, October 9 – Cat Cora
  • Friday, October 14 – Emily Ellyn
  • Friday, October 21 – Andrew Zimmern
  • Sunday, October 23 – Rock Harper
  • Sunday, October 30 – Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Friday, November 4 – Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Sunday, November 6 – David Guas
  • Friday, November 11 – Sarah Fioroni
  • Sunday, November 13 – Jehangir Mehta

Included in regular Epcot admission are the Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Festival Passport and attractions and park entertainment.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for information on how to book your event!

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we take in a show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort! It’s hard to believe in all the years we’ve been doing Travel with Rick videos that we have never visited this show before, but we had an opportunity when our friends Logan and Elise were in from the UK, with their mom and dad of course. We all had a great time, enjoyed some great food and of course saw a great show!


Postcard From Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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When the Polynesian Village Resort’s refurbishment was finished, the result was breathtaking.   Many of the older, outdated decorations were replaced and updated with a fresher vision for a Polynesian resort.   The above decorations can be seen in the ceiling above the resort’s main lobby.


Tour Through Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Take tour through Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and see the refurbished lobby and catch a glimpse of the new Disney Vacation Club bungalows!

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Club Disney Opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Young guests can discover favorite Disney stories in a new way at Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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This new children’s activity center is inspired by classic Disney Little Golden Books such as Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp and Alice in Wonderland. Imagination runs wild as timeless tales unfold in storybook-themed play areas. Young guests will enjoy activities including storytelling, movies, crafts, dress-up and more while parents enjoy a night out at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Child-Sized Fun at New Club Disney

Reservations are now available for kids ages 3-12. Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information.

Don’t forget! The addition of Club Disney is just one part of an overall renovation of this iconic resort, which includes a re-imagined feature pool, new food and beverage offerings and an expansive new lobby area.


News And Updates For the Polynesian Resort

Earlier this month, Disney Parks and Resorts unveiled a few changes that are currently underway at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, including the fact that the resort will soon return to its original, 1971 opening-day name: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Today, Disney has shared even more details about additional enhancements planned for one of our favorite classic Disney Resorts.

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Making its debut next month is a brand new children’s activity center called Club Disney. Here, children can be supervised by Disney cast members while they play dress up, make crafts and participate in storytelling experiences while their parents have fun on their own elsewhere at the resort.

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The area itself looks like a child’s fairy tale brought to life, as our Imagineers drew inspiration from classic Disney Little Golden Books, including “Alice In Wonderland,” “Pinocchio” and “Lady and The Tramp.” Club Disney will open at the resort next month and guests can begin making reservations now.

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We previously shared that a Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, similar to the one at Disneyland Hotel in California, is also planned for the resort.Disney has announced Trader Sam’s will open its doors at the resort in 2015. In addition another new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk which will offer a tropical guest favorite – Dole Whip – will open later this year.

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Additionally, the resort’s Nanea Volcano pool is currently undergoing several enhancements, including expanding to include a new aquatic playground with slides for children, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more seating for guests.

With so much going on at Disney’s Polynesion Resort, what are you most looking forward to?


Re-Imagined Disney’s Polynesian Resort Plans Include a Nostalgic Name Change

Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced some news about one of Walt Disney World’s most iconic resort hotels – Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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As part of a complete re-imagining, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is returning to its original, 1971 opening day name: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The sweeping renovation, happening now, also includes a new food and beverage experience opening for guests next year, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto — based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

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There’s going to be lots more updates on this beach side family favorite, so stay tuned.

What do you think of the name change?

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