Monday, November 20, 2017

Santa's Favorite Resort Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – November 16, 2017 For the 2017 winter season, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will debut a new Christmas tree as the centerpiece of the resort’s holiday display.  The tree itself will light up with a variety of colors and patterns and perform to holiday music throughout the holiday season. The new 24-foot tall tree will be prominently on display in the newly renovated Dolphin lobby. 


The tree joins the other annual holiday festivities and activities that have become guest favorites over the years as, once again, Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, will be escaping the cold at Santa’s favorite resort. Other returning favorites include Bedtime Elf Tuck-ins and a 2,000 lb. life-size chocolate holiday scene.


Guest who make reservations at www.santasfavoriteresort.com can receive holiday season room rates up to 10 percent off at the Epcot Resort Area resort


The full slate of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort holiday activities include:


Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki Hut on select nights starting Nov. 24. This is a unique holiday photo opportunity, filled with Florida flair that features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos.



A Florida Snow Fall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

With a new look for the resort following completion of the recent renovation, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s holiday tree is getting revamped as well.  Throughout December, the lobby will transform into a festive holiday scene featuring a 24-ft tall Christmas tree that’s never been seen before. The tree features cutting-edge light technology which will fill the Dolphin lobby with wintertime cheer. Regularly timed indoor snow falls complete the holiday scene. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony is followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

 

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
This year Santa’s elves return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Dec. 1, elves will deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to resort rooms. Elves will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed, dressed in full costume. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. 

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture weighs in at approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by the resort’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (two-time world pastry champion), is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair, a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker, chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train. The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, should consider that it is 4 million calories! (By the way, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)



Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available at the concierge desk.



Dancing Lights Show

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes.



Holiday Entertainment

On select nights, guests can catch entertainment by carolers, choirs and musicians in the resort lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the resort.



For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500.



About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The resort recently completed a $140 million transformation, the largest in its history. It is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 18 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Food Trucks: Delicious Delights at Disney Springs!


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The Food Trucks are located in the heart of Disney Spring's Westside. The delicious food and beautiful waterfront view make this the perfect spot to stop during a day of shopping. No reservations are needed and there are plenty of options for the entire family. All of the menus have been recently updated. The (formerly) Namaste truck is now Spring's Street Tacos...and that pork belly taco sounds AMAZING! But, you really can't go wrong with the Fantasy Fare classic hand-dipped corn dog, now served with waffle fries!! So many choices! What will you choose??
HAND-DIPPED CORNDOG NOW SERVED WITH WAFFLE FRIES INSTEAD OF CHIPS!




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

WIN!! Pixar Cars 3 Prize Package!

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To celebrate the release of the new Cars 3 movie by Pixar, The Princess Papers is giving away some swag from the recent Disney Parks Blog premiere!

Cars 3 is a hilarious film that both kids and adults can enjoy. If you've ever felt the pains of aging, prepare to laugh with this one! Also, I highly recommend seeing it in 3D. The visual details are incredible; the quality only Pixar can deliver. Look for the mirror with smudges on it...amazing! There is a scene where a home movie is shown and it looks like a real life movie. Several times during the screening, I had to remind myself that Cars 3 is ANIMATED! It's that well-done.

Make sure to get to the theater early. You don't want to miss the new, touching, Pixar short, "LOU."

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW!! Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast: Tangled & Little Mermaid!

IMPORTANT: IF PHOTOGRAPHING THE CHARACTERS IS YOUR PRIMARY REASON FOR ATTENDING, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE THE CHARACTERS LEAVE YOUR TABLE! YOU MAY NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH THEM DURING THIS DINING EXPERIENCE!
I attended this character breakfast twice. I had two VERY different experiences. The first time, I saw all of the characters, took photos, and at the end of the meal, a manager personally asked if we had spent time with all of them.
The second visit, we saw all of the characters. However, we were sitting in the center of the room with low lighting and some of the pictures were blurred. We requested to take photos again. We were told that the characters are not permitted to return to the tables a second time. A manager asked to see our phones to confirm that our pictures were bad (to me, this was offensive and unacceptable for privacy reasons). After a lengthy discussion, she took the phone of one person in our group to another area of the restaurant and took pictures of two of the characters for us as "a favor." We were not permitted to take the pictures ourselves or go to the area where she went.
As many of you may know, other Disney character meals allow the characters to continuously circle the restaurant with repeated stops at the same tables.
The manager would not confirm the policy of the restaurant, but based on my second experience (only), please be sure to get all of the photos you want before the characters leave your table! 

You can hear me discuss this Character Dining Experience in detail (including the photo issue) on the Divas Dish Diz Podcast, episode #77 LINK HERE.

Located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Trattoria al Forno now hosts a new character breakfast adventure. During this multi-course breakfast, you will meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from the movie Tangled as well as Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.

MENU
3-Course Prix Fix Menu including non-alcoholic beverages ($34.99 Adult/$15.00 Child).

FOOD
To Share- Frying Pan of Themed Pastries and Beverage of Choice.



The pastries are fresh and delicious, but the theming is what sets them apart. Pretty, jam-filled seashells with a single pearl turnovers, chocolate croissant braids, light and flaky sun cookies, and mini muffins are all served in the notorious Tangled frying pan to start this meal off right! 

Starter- Choice of Yogurt with Berries, Honey, Sebastian Cookie, and Granola Bar or Mixed Fruit with Tiara Cookie and Sword Toothpick.



Both options are tasty. You really can't go wrong with fresh fruit at breakfast in my opinion. However, I found that the layer of honey on the yogurt was overly sweet for my tastes. On my second visit, I requested "no honey" and it was perfect. The mini granola bars are soft, chewy, and  YUMMY! My server was gracious enough to add a tiara cookie to my yogurt...she KNEW!


King Triton's Shipwreck al Forno- Calzone with Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses, and Sunday Gravy.


This is the most surprising breakfast/brunch option that I've found on Disney property, and it is BRILLIANT! The dough is tender and just thick enough to hold all of the generous, meaty, cheesy, filling inside. It wasn't as heavy as I expected, but it will definitely fill you up for a long day racing around the parks. As an Italian girl, I appreciated the fresh flavor of the marinara sauce (Sunday gravy). Just enough for dipping. The Calzone is the clear winning choice here.

Royale Breakfast- Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus, Crispy Onions, and Roasted Potatoes.

Steak and eggs are a classic breakfast combo taken to another level here. Nice oak-grilled char on the meat and those crisp bits of fried onions provide a hearty flavor combination. The egg torte has a similar texture to a quiche. It's delicate and full of flavor. The asparagus were cooked perfectly. They still had a little crunch to them and make the whole breakfast "healthy" by providing a splash of green, right?

Swimmers Delight- Egg White Omelet with Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, Spinach, Mushroom, and Tomato with Roasted Potatoes.



This breakfast seems to be offered as the "lighter" option (although not specified). While I can appreciate that attempt, it was overflowing with smoked salmon and goat cheese. That is NOT a complaint. However, I'm not sure that it creates what most would consider a "light" breakfast. I ordered with whole eggs, not just whites (texture preference). It was generously filled and the vegetables were fresh. For those of you concerned that this is a small portion or too healthy and light, rest assured it is NOT. It's fantastic. I would list this as my second favorite menu option, next to the calzone. 

Tower of Pancakes- Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes and Seasonal Fruit Compote with Bacon or Sausage.
The tower is presented beautifully. I appreciate the Tangled movie theme. But, it's pancakes. Pretty pancakes, but just pancakes. The blueberry compote is wonderful. It is actual fruit, not just colored and artifically flavored syrup. If you are a pancake fan. These are a good choice. But, when provided a refillable platter of pastries with a meal, pancakes seem redundant.

CHARACTERS
The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast includes several characters who Guests may not encounter very often: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. A character signature card is provided on the table, but characters will also sign autograph books. Please take note of the potential issue with taking photos that I described above. Be sure to check that you have good photos before they leave your table!









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DECOR
Trattoria Al Forno decor is best described as elegant with dark, rich woods and fabrics. Seating includes booths, luxurious high back chairs, and more traditional low back tables and chairs. It has an open kitchen, attached bakery, and is a very lovely Italian-themed restaurant. However, the dark lighting is not the best for photos with characters and there is no character-themed decor anywhere in the restaurant. This is a breakfast only experience, not an exclusively character-dining location. 


I would definitely recommend the Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. The food is delicious and fun. The characters are unique and excellent with their interactions. The theming of the food is well thought-out and makes up for the lack of whimsical decor. The price is also reasonable considering the experience. Just be aware of the potential limitations on character photos to save yourself from any tears and this is an excellent experience to add to any Disney vacation.

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*The Boardwalk Resort and Bon Voyage Breakfast are handicapped accessible. Handicapped accessible boats go there from both Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. Walking paths also run from both parks to this location. 

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