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Thanksgiving Reservations Now Available for Ale & Compass Restaurant

Thanksgiving Reservations Now Available for Ale & Compass Restaurant

Last week, Disney announced that reservations are now available at the new Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for dining on Nov. 26, 2017, and beyond for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Thanksgiving Reservations Now Available for Ale & Compass Restaurant

Great news! The Ale & Compass team just let us know they have released reservations earlier – now beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition, Ale & Compass Restaurant is one of the featured restaurants included in the Candlelight Processional Dining Package, which includes a 3-course meal and guaranteed priority seating at Candlelight Processional.

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.

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Disney has some exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
  • While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

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?

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Mouthwatering cuisine awaits at Yachtsman Steakhouse, located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Walk into this New England-style steakhouse and notice the airy dining room surrounded by New England nautical decor before enjoying their selection of premium steaks and seafood.

Yachtsman Steakhouse only serves dinner, so if you’re a fan of steaks and seafood, this restaurant should be at the top of your list. High-quality, grain-fed beef is their specialty here. Their beef is aged in-house and prepared on an oak-fired grill in the open kitchen, letting you get a great view on all the action.

Start your meal with one of their appetizers such as Maine lobster bisque or Caesar salad with shaved parmigiano, and then delight your taste buds with prime New York strip steak with peppercorn-brandy sauce, pan-roasted chicken, or their “catch of the day.” And you certainly don’t want to miss out on their truffle mac-and-cheese. Pair your meal with one of the wines from their extensive wine list.

Be sure to save room for dessert and enjoy their signature Yachtsman Sundae, crème brûlée, or their peanut butter and pretzel gianduja cake!

You can get to Disney’s Yacht Club 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.

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.

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