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Top Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney’s Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this tropical oasis of coconut palms and lush vegetation, all on the shores of beautiful Seven Seas Lagoon.

Here’s a look at the top ten things you might not know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

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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.

It’s Heating Up Outside But Walt Disney World Pools are Always Cool

We all know that Walt Disney World has some of the most incredible theme parks in the world.  And we love the resorts and all the amazing places to eat.  But one of our favorite things to do after a long morning in the parks, is to go back to our Disney resort and spend some time relaxing at the pool.

Big Blue at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system

Disney resorts feature some of the most unique and creative, not to mention cool and refreshing, pools in the world.  From the new Big Blue at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system, to the Nanea Volcano Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which features a volcano and 142 foot long water slide, they are all awe-inspiring.  And on a hot Summer day in Orlando, there is no better place to spend a few hours.

Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area

We hear from clients that as much fun as the parks are, their kids love spending time in the many themed pools at Walt Disney World Resort.  And who can blame them?  At Disney’s Grand Floridian, they have the new Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area offering the perfect blend of  ‘tea party’ and ‘pool party’, it makes me want to be a kid again!

Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike, but my favorite is the Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It features 1,000-square-foot pool with an exciting water slide and gently sloping, zero-depth entry point, a children’s wading pool, and 2 whirlpool spas.  It’s the perfect way to relax and get a whole new perspective on what a Disney World vacation is.

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s Andrew and Rick from TravelwithRick.com to show us around some of the incredible pools of Walt Disney World Resort!  Stay cool everyone!

Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun at a Disney Pool

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Disney Parks and Resorts Receive National Awards

FamilyFun magazine, a trusted, go-to source for travel recommendations and family activities for more than 20 years, has recognized Disney Parks and Resorts on both sides of the United States as the very best in family travel for 2013.

Disney Parks Receive National Awards

 Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Park has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Overall Favorite Family Destinations” in the U.S. Magic Kingdom Park, EpcotDisney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park were also recognized as part of “Top 10 Amusement Parks” is the country. And, in the same survey, Walt Disney World Resort hotels were named “Number One” in the category of “Top Family Resorts” in the country.

FamilyFun magazine’s 2013 survey recognized vacation destinations, attractions and resorts in six unique categories: Tourist Attractions; Tourist Towns; Nature Escapes; Museums, Zoos & Aquariums; Amusement Parks; and Family Resorts.

In California, the Disneyland Resort was also recognized. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks were also named among the “Top 10 Amusement Parks” in the U.S. FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 3 to 12, asking them to rate 360 popular destinations on a scale of 1-100. For voting purposes, the country was divided into four geographic regions – West, Midwest, South and Northeast – and respondents provided feedback solely on their regions. High marks were awarded for affordability, accessibility and fun factor.

In addition to the FamilyFun magazine awards, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge created the first ever tie in the About.com 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Favorite Disney Resort Hotel.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Which Disney Parks or Resorts do you think deserved special honors this year?

Polynesian Resort Decoration: Day 15 – 25 Days of Christmas

This South Seas flavored resort has some great decorations during the Holiday Season.

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

Rick Howard
Courtesy of TravelwithRick.com
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Just Two More Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

There’s still time to enjoy one of the real treats of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – the Saturday night Party for the Senses, a feast of food, wine, beverages and entertainment that’s a true delight. And while the reserved seating is sold out, our favorite way to experience the party is to stroll and nosh (we never sit, but instead enjoy conversation with the chefs and wine experts, and compare notes with fellow party-goers). The final two parties for this year are on October 27 and November 3.

And while the cuisine changes each week, we always find something delicious at the tasting stations. A recent party featured everything from Peking-style braised duck (Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort) to Chef Paula Da Silva’s (1500˚, Miami Beach) buttery lamb belly and spicy tuna tartare cleverly wrapped in a crisp shell from Wolfgang Puck Café at Downtown Disney. All in all, there are nearly two dozen tasting stations with wine, beer and cocktails to pair. You won’t know until you arrive what you’ll be having, but the discovery is part of the fun.

Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The only thing that stops our noshing is the extraordinary spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, on stage throughout the evening with live music and thrilling acrobatics.

You can start the evening at the Eat to the Beat concert at America Gardens Theatre and end with a stroll around World Showcase and the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks and laser show – it’s a special evening you won’t want to miss. Just come hungry (and leave satisfied).

Price is $145 per person, plus tax. Epcot admission is required. Call 407-WDW-FEST for reservations.

Cool Summer Fun and Hot Disney Discounts are Here

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Your family can beat the heat this summer by staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels. Save up to 30%* for stays most nights June 15 – Aug. 13, 2011, at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.

Just add Theme Park tickets and you and your family can take advantage of all the summer fun.

Offer Details:
For stays most nights June 15 – Aug. 13, 2011:

* Save 25% at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Polynesian Resort
* Save 30% at other select Disney Deluxe Resorts
* Save 30% at select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

Book by May 28, 2011.

Ask about other great rates for stays most nights May 1 – June 14, 2011. For example, weekday rates starting at*:

* Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – $233
* Disney’s Old Key West Resort – $238

Ask about rates for other resorts and rates for travel 4/22 – 4/30/11.

Book by 4/30 for stays most nights 4/22 – 5/28/11.

Book by 5/28 for stays most nights 5/29 – 6/14/11.

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