Cupcakes that are healthy…. sign me up!

On my recent trip to Walt Disney World to see the new Art of Animation resort, I had to take a pit stop to try a cupcake at the famous “babycakes nyc”.

What you might ask is “babycakes nyc”? That to was my question when my son told me we had to go to try this new concoction. Sweet treats that are made from all organic ingredients. Free from eggs, dairy, gluten and carein. There are no toxic chemicals or sugar. The sweets were also recently certified kosher,parve and vegan.

When he explained this to me, my thoughts were how in the world can something without all of that be at Walt Disney World…I mean I’m not sure about you but I like sugar in my cupcakes and prefer not to know what else is in them.

In order to show that I could be a team player and a team sport I made my selection of what cupcake to try. They looked like normal cupcakes, full, creamy and delicious so I did what every Mom would do and dug in to my Red velvet cupcake…the result, spectacular. The cupcake was moist and tasty so good in fact I figured I should take one for team and try another , this time my choice was the “French Toast” Cupcake. My 7 year old asked for a bite and was hooked immediately. I had to tell my son he was right which is not always easy but in this case true. His favorite flavors were the carrot cake as well as the mint. He also really liked the brownie.

When you are on your vacation at Walt Disney World it is a must to take a pit stop to Downtown Disney so you to can enjoy this incredible invention!

If you or a friend are planning a trip to Disney please contact me to help plan your vacation at amyb@travelwiththemagic.com . My service is FREE.

Amy Blades

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Oh Boy! What Your Little Prince Will Love at the World – Part 2

Oh Boy!  What Your Little Prince Will Love at the World

Part Two

 

Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Hollywood Studios

Included with park admission

Experience the excitement as cars accelerate towards each other and swerve away at the last second, motorcycles smash through windows, Jet Skis leap out of the water, a stunt person falls off a 5-story building and massive fireballs explode in the air. See all of these Hollywood-style stunts performed live, right before your eyes.

Plus, Lightning McQueen joins the fun with a very special cameo appearance.

For the most up-to-date information on showtimes, check the Entertainment Times Guide at Hollywood Studios’ Main Entrance upon your arrival. Entertainment schedules may not occur daily and are subject to change.

Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy
Hollywood Studios
Included with park admission

A 30-minute live show featuring music and lightsaber duels. Kids, ages 4 to 12 can JOIN THE JEDIS. Around 15 participants can register for the show and get to wear a brown robe and pledge the Jedi Oath. Then each participant gets a lightsaber and, under the supervision of the Jedi Master, learns moves and battle skills to become a true Jedi.  All of this leads up to an appearance by Darth Vader himself.

Consult the daily Entertainment Times Guide at Hollywood Studios for show times.

LEGO Imagination Center

Downtown Disney

No charge for admission – shopping experience

This interactive store offers a wide array of LEGO merchandise, including classic bricks, high-tech toys, apparel, puzzles, bedding, watches and more. Outside the store is a 3,000-square-foot play area filled with bricks and larger-than-life models.

Regular hours of operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m to 11:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m to 11:30 p.m.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Magic Kingdom

Seasonal Hard Ticket Event

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. During the party, guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.  In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the “Grim Grinning Ghosts” – stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction.
Happy HalloWishes—a special fireworks show featuring the Disney Villains.
Many Disney Characters and Villains in special Halloween costumes.
Special lighting, music and theming effects transform areas of Magic Kingdom into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.  Pricing depends on what night you go.  This is a “hard ticket” event, which means they actually close Magic Kingdom for it, and you have to have a ticket for the party (it is not included in your admission).

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

Epcot – World Showcase

Included with park admission

An undercover interactive quest around World Showcase at Epcot with Agent P—the alter ego of Perry the Platypus from the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb.

Visit a recruitment center at Odyssey Bridge, Norway Pavilion, Italy Pavilion or near the International Gateway. Here, you’ll receive your mission assignment along with a handheld, cell-phone-like device to help you maneuver through your mission. Using state-of-the-art technology, this device connects you with Phineas and Ferb characters, who provide clues to help you stop villains from carrying out their evil plans. Embark on exciting quests for clues throughout the Mexico Pavilion, the Norway Pavilion, the China Pavilion, the Germany Pavilion, the Japan Pavilion, the France Pavilion or the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each pavilion hosts a different mission, so you can go back again and again.

Missions last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes are designed with groups in mind—2 to 4 agents can share their interactive device. The device even recognizes when a team has broken away from the action—and will alter your mission accordingly.

Disney Junior – Live on Stage

Hollywood Studios

Included with park admission

 This show provides preschoolers the chance to sing, dance and play with popular characters (puppets) a midst bright visuals, whimsical scenery and catchy songs. Join the gang from Disney Junior shows like Mickey Mouse ClubhouseHandy Manny and Little Einsteins. Be on the lookout for the cast of Jake and the Never Land Pirates—the newest addition to the Disney Junior lineup—as they thwart their foe, Captain Hook!  Showtimes vary, so be sure to consult the daily Entertainment Times Guide at Hollywood Studios for times. 

Character Dining/Dining Shows:

Chef Mickey’s

Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s is a buffet restaurant serving breakfast and dinner with Mickey and pals.

The Crystal Palace – 1 dining credit per person

Magic Kingdom

The Crystal Palace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Theme Park serves a buffet of American cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner with Winnie the Pooh and friends.

Garden Grill – 1 dining credit per person

Epcot

 Savor sweeping views and delectable American cuisine at The Garden Grill Restaurant, a rotating restaurant in The Land Pavilion within the Future World area at Epcot theme park.  Only open for dinner, you can join Chip ‘n Dale for their Harvest Feast, an all-you-care-to-eat, family-style dinner

Hollywood & Vine – 1 dining credit per person

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine offers breakfast and lunch buffets featuring June from Disney’s Little Einsteins, Jake the Neverland pirate, Handy Manny and Special Agent Oso.

 Tusker House – 1 dining credit per person

Animal Kingdom

As you enjoy a buffet breakfast or lunch, you can share your exciting safari stories with classic Disney Characters, like Safari Donald Duck and some of his favorite friends!

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – 2 dining credits per person

Fort Wilderness Campground

*Pre-paid dinner show.  If you are on the dining plan, you can book with that instead of pre-paying.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show is an all-you-care-to-eat Disney Character dance party with live entertainment at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.  Party with Mickey, Minnie and friends at this outdoor picnic, featuring barbeque smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon and more, in the middle of the covered, open-air Pavilion at Fort Wilderness. Enjoy foot-stomping music from a country-western band, line dancing, rope tricks and kid-friendly fun while you eat. Little ones can even dance with their favorite Disney Characters on the dance floor!

Obviously, this is not a complete list – there are many, MANY other things that would appeal to sons, daughters, or both, all over the World.  Does your little man love trains?  There’s a tour for that (The Magic Behind our Steam Trains – Magic Kingdom).  Does the young Prince love Toy Story?  There’s an attraction for that (Toy Story Midway Mania – Hollywood Studios).  Does the hubby dig learning how the stuff works?  There is a dining experience for that (Dine with an Imagineer – Hollywood Brown Derby or Flying Fish Café).  Mister Mister loves animals?  There is an entire PARK for that (Disney’s Animal Kingdom).  Chances are very good that everyone in your family, boy or girl, young or young at heart, will find something Magical in the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Happy Travels!

Jennifer Lassiter

jennifer@travelwiththemagic.com

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Fun with Kids at Downtown Disney Marketplace

If you need some time to relax and unwind away from the theme parks, you will be surprised at how much there is to do with your kids at Downtown Disney Marketplace.  Here are some fun activities that will keep your kids delightfully busy for a few hours.

Younger children will enjoy running under the jumping water fountains.  With one located near Once Upon a Toy and another near the back entrance of Disney’s Days of Christmas, do not forget to bring along their bathing suit or a change of clothes.  At only $2 per attraction, younger children will also enjoy riding the miniature choo-choo train and charming carousel. The carousel even allows one adult to ride free with a child under 42” tall.

Downtown Disney has stores that will appeal to children of any age.  Once Upon a Toy is a huge toy store where children will enjoy using their imagination to create a unique version of their spud friend, Mr. Potato Head.  Then stroll over to the World of Disney to walk through one of the world’s largest Disney stores.  This is a great place to pick up that little something you missed buying in the parks.  World of Disney also has a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.  Guests can be pampered in this royal salon as they are magically transformed into little princesses and knights.  The princess makeover packages start at around $55 plus tax, and the knight package is a mere $16 plus tax.  If your child is an avid pin trader, Downtown Disney’s Pin Traders store has almost every Disney pin imaginable.  No trip to Downtown Disney is complete without a visit to the LEGO Imagination Center.  Kids will be amazed at the lifesize LEGO structures.  There is a designated LEGO play area for kids of all ages to enjoy building their very own LEGO creations.  They can also build racecars and test them out on a sloping speed track.  The store has a large selection of unique LEGO kits.

All of this shopping and playing is sure to work up an appetite.  Head over to T-Rex or Rainforest Café to enjoy an experience that is part restaurant and part adventure.  The T-Rex family restaurant will take you back in time with animated prehistoric creatures and meteor showers.  Rainforest Café is a tropical jungle themed family restaurant with animated animals and simulated thunderstorms.  You will definitely want to finish off your day with something sweet to eat by heading over to Ghirardelli’s or Goofy’s Candy Company for a treat.

I hope these ideas will help you uncover the memorable magic of Downtown Disney Marketplace with kids.

To learn more about a magical Disney vacation, feel free to contact me.

Michelle Terry

MichelleT@travelwiththemagic.com

Character meals At Walt Disney World!

There is another magical memory that we never miss with any trip to see the mouse – Character Meals! (And princesses too!) These are always a favorite with my family.  It is an exciting opportunity for a great photo with your child’s favorite character or princess.  It definitely beats standing in the long lines in the hot sun at the parks.  Although, that is also another great chance for a memorable meet and greet. At every meal, the characters individually rotate around the entire restaurant, stopping at each table for a visit with your family.  If your child is a little timid and this is their first time meeting character, don’t worry.  The characters are very aware of this.  They approach the table cheerfully but not in an over bearing manner.  Their intent is for this to be a happy experience for the children. As each character comes individually to your table, you can get some great photos as your children and the characters exchange hugs, high fives and a lot of other fun banter.  They will also take the time to sign autograph books or whatever else you bring for a signature (we have had them sign t-shirts in the past and I have known others to have them sign baseballs).  The characters always spend plenty of time acknowledging each child and adult.  No one ever gets left out.

 

These meals are typically more of a buffet style.  The food is usually located in the center of the restaurant.  This way you have the flexibility of getting up to get your food when it is convenient.  Each restaurant is very open so that you can easily see when it is your turn and which character is on their way to see your family.  There is always a wide variety of meats, pastas, salads, breads, fruits, and tasty desserts offered.  There is also a children’s section that typically offers macaroni and cheese, green beans, nuggets and more.  However, I usually grab whatever my son will eat even if it is from the adult selections. You should plan on this meal taking approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.  You want to allow ample time for your children to get a chance to visit with each character.  And if you eat slow enough and relax, you may get a chance to see them on a 2nd rotation!  These meals give the parents a great opportunity to slow down and refuel before heading back out to the parks.  Especially in the summer when the heat is beating down, most families welcome the leisure lunch or dinner in the air conditioning.

There is an overwhelming popularity with the character and princess meals.  I strongly recommend getting dining reservations in advance.  This is another way a planner can be helpful for you.  Dining reservations can be booked 180 days prior to your arrival.  When you are working with a planner, they will work hard to get these in place for you in a timely manner.  A planner is also great in helping you to design the best itinerary for your family in regards to which park, which day in correlation to which dining experience you want.  Also most of the character and princess meals are included on the dining plan! Other fun aspects to the character meals are CELEBRATIONS!  Make sure that when the reservations are being placed for these experiences, it is mentioned whether or not you are celebrating something with your family.  We have celebrated many birthdays with the characters.  All birthday celebrations are recognized throughout the meal with song and sometimes a dance.  Your table is typically decorated with Mickey head glitter and streamers.  And the recipient gets a cupcake and a card that is signed by all of the characters.  You can also contact the Disney Cakes number and pre-order a specialty cake if you desire – it will be delivered to your table.

Here is a list of the character/princess dining experiences throughout the parks and resorts: Magic Kingdom Crystal Palace – breakfast, lunch and dinner Cinderella’s Royal Table – breakfast, lunch, and dinner Epcot Garden Grill – dinner only for characters Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – breakfast,lunch, and dinner Hollywood Studios Hollywood and Vine – breakfast and lunch only Animal Kingdom Tusker House – breakfast and lunch only Contemporary Resort Chef Mickey’s – breakfast and dinner only Grand Floridian Resort 1900 Park Fare – breakfast and dinner only Polynesian Resort O’hana’s – breakfast only for characters Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Cape May Cafe – breakfast only for characters For more information on character/princess dining or making other magical memories at Walt Disney World, Disneyland or the Disney Cruise, please contact me!  I can be reached anytime at 1-800-670-4312 ext 125 or robyn@travelwiththemagic.com As always, ALL of my services are completely free!

Calling all Princesses and Pirates

 

So you book a trip to Disneyworld and you know all about the rides and the shows, but do you know that you can become a true character too. That is right you can become a Princess or a Pirate. How you might ask? To become your inner princess make an appointment at the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom or the other location in Downtown Disney. For all you Jack Sparrow lovers out there make your appointment at the Pirates League in Magic Kingdom.

Both are really cool interactive experiences that you can choose from. At the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique girls age 3-12 can participate in three different experiences; Disney Diva, Pop Princess or Fairytale Princess. There are three makeovers to choose from which are the Coach Makeover which includes hairstyle and shimmering makeup. The Crown Makeover which includes hairstyle, makeup and nails. Finally the Castle Makeover package which includes; Hair style, nails, shimmering make-up, imaging package (includes one 6″x8″ and four 4″x6″ photos in a themed holder) and a Princess costume of your choice complete with crown, wand and shoes. No matter which package you choose you will be transformed by the Fairy Godmothers in training for a wonderful experience that will delight any little girl. For the little prince in your life they also offer a Knight Package which includes colorful hair gel and confetti, a sword and shield.

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Now for all the scoundrels and rogues out there an appointment at the Pirates League is just the ticket. You will find the Pirates League in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled pirate’s lair gets an official pirate name. Then it’s off to Muster Station for applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars, earrings and gold teeth – all done with the savvy skill of a veteran pirate who shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures. You will take your pirate oath and then are officially part of Captain Jack’s motley crew. You are then free to test your pirate prowess in the streets of Adventureland.

No matter which experience you choose it is great fun and something not to miss.

To find out more information about this experience or learn more about a Disney vacation call me Laure Simms at Travel with the Magic. Toll free 1-888-214-6954 or email laure@travelwiththemagic.com.  My services are all free!!!

Oh Boy! What Your Little Prince Will Love at the World – Part 1

I just had a client ask what kinds of things they can do with their son at Walt Disney World, and it got me thinking.  There is so much at the World for parents to do with their daughters, and with their children, but what is there to do with their sons?  Amidst all of the pink, the princesses and the pixie dust, there are things to do with your little fella.  Promise!

Following is a list of recommendations for you and your boys of any age (yes, husbands count too!).  Some are included with park admission, some are extra activities.  This is definitely not an exhaustive list, and there is no reason a young squire wouldn’t enjoy some time with those lovely Princesses or Pixies either…just like there is no reason your little lady wouldn’t enjoy a trip to see Lightning McQueen or Captain Jack Sparrow.  No stereotypes here – just some good recommendations!

Disney’s Family Magic Tour
Magic Kingdom
Pre-paid Tour Experience

This is a 1.5 to 2 hour guided interactive quest to save Magic Kingdom from the evil plans of a Disney Villain.  Your tour group will search for clues, solve puzzles and participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the park to save it from the Villain’s scheme.

Theme park admission is required.  This tour is $39 per person.  All ages are welcome, but it’s probably best for guests aged 4 to 10 years and their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
Contemporary Resort
Pre-paid Tour Experience

During this voyage you will have the opportunity to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show along with hearing pirate tales, answering Disney trivia and, on select nights, watching the Electric Water Pageant – all from the perfect vantage point of your seat on a “pirate ship” in the Seven Seas Lagoon.

You will start at the Contemporary Resort, where you meet your group and gather whatever snacks and non-alcoholic beverages you would like to take with you on your trip.  Then you will head to the docks, where Captain Hook and Smee are available for photo opportunities.  After the festivities, on the voyage back to the docks, your pirate host, Patch, tells the story of Peter Pan.

Normal operating hours are Friday through Monday, with the event starting one hour and 30 minutes prior to the scheduled fireworks show. Each of the two boats accommodates up to 60 Guests.  The cruise lasts from 1 to 3 hours, and is a pre-paid experience.  Guests aged 10 and over are $53.99 and kids between 3 and 9 are $30.99 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pirates League
Magic Kingdom
Pre-paid Package

Select from different packages to transform into a pirate at Magic Kingdom – you get an official pirate name, a complete pirate makeover (depending on what package you choose), and a pirate portrait is taken.  Then you get to participate in the Adventureland Pirate Parade (weather permitting).

Package Information:

Jake and the Never Land Pirates package includes:

  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates bandana with faux hair
  • Jake facial effect
  • Sword and sheath
  • The Pirates League bag
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Participation in a daily Adventureland Pirate Parade

 

The First Mate package includes:

  • Choice of facial effect (5 options)
  • Reversible bandana
  • Earring and eye patch
  • Sword and sheath
  • The Pirates League bag
  • Temporary tattoo
  • Unique pirate coin necklace
  • Personalized pirate oath
  • Official pirate name
  • Participation in a daily Adventureland Pirate Parade

 

Pirates League also offers an Empress package (similar to the First Mate package) and a Mermaid package for little (and big) ladies.

 

Packages at the Pirates League range from $29.95 to $39.95 plus tax.

Theme park admission is required, they are open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm (last reservation time is 3:30pm), ages 3 and up, and reservations are strongly recommended.

 

Jennifer Lassiter

jennifer@travelwiththemagic.com

800-670-4312, ext 133

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Pin trading – Make This Your Family Tradition

 

 

Standing inside a gift shop at any of the theme parks is so over whelming.  On our recent trip to Disney World, I told my kids we would buy something but the biggest question was what to buy.  My 8 year old wanted a hat with Mickey ears on and I knew that after wearing it for a few days, it would get put in a bin at home and we’d never see it again.  While looking at different shops in Epcot, we saw a huge display of pins.  We didn’t have any idea that there was a whole world of pin trading in Disney

Back in 1999, Disney released the tradition of Disney Pin Trading. Thousands of different and unique pins exist.  We first started with picking out our lanyards.  Then we picked out a starter pin set.  We pinned the pins on our lanyard and then the fun began.  Most cast members wear lanyards or lanyard squares.  You may trade up to 2 pins, per cast member, per day.  My kids had a blast going up to all different cast members asking to look at their pins. 
We did buy a few pins not to trade, which we will keep as a reminder of our special trip with Grandma and Grandpa.  My daughter’s special pin was Expedition Everest (the ride at Animal Kingdom).  My son had 2 special pins.  The first was Tower of Terror (at Hollywood Studios) and the second a pin from Coronado Springs (where we stayed). 
When we got home, the pins sat on the lanyards for a month and I wanted to find a way to display them.  Check out my son and daughters pin collection. 
Contact me to help you plan your next magical trip at: Karen@travelwiththemagic.com

Christmas in July

Cinderella’s Castle at Christmas

 

Yes, it is July and I am already excited about Christmas.  It is time for those of you visiting Disney World this holiday season to start thinking about whether or not to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Disney World goes all out for the holiday season, and the Christmas party is no exception.  It truly is a Magical experience.

 

For those of you not familiar with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, let me fill you in on the excitement.   It is a special night of holiday entertainment with Christmas shows, parades, fireworks, and more.  The Party requires purchase of a separate admission ticket.  Although the official holiday celebration is 7pm to midnight, guests are often permitted to enter the park as early as 4pm.

Toy Soldier’s marching in the Christmas Parade

The spirit of the season can be captured throughout the park with all of the Christmas lights, decorations, towering Christmas trees, and Christmas music.  You will be in awe of Cinderella’s castle as it is magically transformed to an ice palace with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. There are also wonderful holiday shows where some of your favorite Disney friends come to life.  Don’t miss “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” in Tomorrowland featuring Buzz Lightyear and the mischievous Stitch.  “Celebrate the Season” is performed at the castle stage starring Mickey and his pals.  Grab your complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and apple slices and watch reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, Santa, and your favorite Disney characters as they make an appearance in the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade.“  I can’t stress enough just how magical this parade is.  The party also has a spectacular display of fireworks, Holiday Wishes, narrated by Jiminy Cricket and accompanied by Christmas music.  The party would not be complete without snow in the forecast.  If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, do not miss the magical snowfall on Main Street.

 

Santa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

If you are looking for an unforgettable way to spend time with your family and friends this Christmas season, I highly recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  I cannot think of a better way to celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”!

 

2012 Dates

November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30

December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21

 

Michellet@travelwiththemagic.com

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Give Me Some Liberty at Magic Kingdom

I was in Disneyworld with my family in March this year and it was great. I had planned my days out of where we would go eat each evening and had my character breakfast all set up. This trip we were not using the dining plan due to myself participating in a convention so I had only planned on a few table service meals at night.

We were spending the day at Magic Kingdom and had planned on grabbing something quick for lunch which is what we typically do. However as we walked through Liberty Square the cast member from Liberty Tree Tavern was standing outside and we said what the heck. It was lunch time and we were hungry plus they had availability. So in we went. I have eaten at Liberty Tree for dinner before and enjoyed it. The dinner menu is served family style and boasts a “Pilgrims Feast” and it is. Lunch is more of an Ala-Carte experience which is really good. I ordered the “Son’s of Liberty Pork Sandwich” which was absolutely delicious. The sandwich has a pork steak which is slow roasted and topped with bacon, fresh green and tomatoes and  served on a  house made multigrain bread. The first bite and I was in love. My husband ordered the Colony Salad which features grilled chicken, Washington apples, apple wood smoked cheddar, dried cranberries and a honey shallot dressing. He really enjoyed his salad and so did my daughter who had to try it as well. My son ordered from the kids menu which has some really good choices other than pizza and chicken fingers. He chose the chicken noodle soup, roast turkey dinner and a ice cream sundae for dessert. My daughter chose the Pilgrims Feast which is you typical feast of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables. It was also delicious.

I was so pleasantly surprised by our little detour lunch in Magic Kingdom and will definitely return. So next time you are in Magic Kingdom stop by Liberty Tree Tavern and you will not be disappointed.

Laure Simms

Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort

 

Picture a world full of palm tree lined paths, fragrant tropical flowers, a sandy beach with hammocks and cabanas, tiki torches, a peaceful lagoon and Hawaiian music playing softly in the background at every turn.  No, it’s not the pacific islands ~ you’ll find this tropical paradise just a stones throw (and quick monorail ride) from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

My love affair with the Polynesian happened during my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1974 when I was just 6 years old.  They had me at Aloha.  After trying various resorts all over the Disney property over the years and finding reasons to love each one I still find myself pulled back to the Polynesian time after time.  There’s a reason it’s one of the most beloved resorts with the highest percentage of returning guests.  To many of us it’s become our home away from home at Walt Disney World.

©Susan@travelwiththemagic.com

One of Disney’s “Deluxe” category resorts, the Polynesian sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom.  You can see Cinderella’s castle from the pool and the beach and if you listen closely you may even be able to hear the train whistle from Main Street USA.

The central hub of the resort is the Great Ceremonial House where you’ll find a beautiful indoor tropical forest, the check in desk, guest services, several shops and the monorail stop. Also located in the Great Ceremonial House are the Polynesian’s two table service restaurants.  Kona Café offers a laid back atmosphere with seafood, beef and vegetarian offerings for lunch and dinner but is probably best known for it’s mouth watering “Tonga Toast” which has been served at breakfast since 1971.  This banana stuffed, cinnamon sugar coated, fried French toast bundle of wonderfulness is a must try for any first time visitor.  ‘Ohana is the other table service restaurant located here and serves up an all you care to eat Polynesian meal featuring meats cooked in an open fire pit. ‘Ohana is also home to a character breakfast hosted by Lilo and Stitch.  For a quick meal or snack check out Captain Cook’s located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House.  The Polynesian’s location on the monorail line also makes dining at the restaurants at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts quick and easy.

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The 847 guest rooms are located in 11 “longhouses”.  These longhouses are 2 and 3 story buildings scattered around the grounds of the resort.  Several room views are available at the Polynesian which include Garden, Lagoon and Magic Kingdom views.  Club Level (concierge) rooms are offered and have access to a special concierge lounge serving light food and beverages throughout the day. There are also several suites available at the resort. Non-suite rooms sleep up to 5 with two queen beds and a day bed.

The Polynesian is loaded with water fun for kids of all ages.  There are two pools including the “Volcano Pool” – a zero entry pool area with a 40 foot high volcano complete with a slide.  For a quieter day of relaxation check out the quiet pool or the lovely beach complete with hammocks and cabanas.  Guests may also rent various watercraft from the Polynesian’s own marina.

A special offering of the Polynesian Resort is the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show featuring authentic hula dancing and a Polynesian feast.  There are also children’s activities offered each day along with the Never Land Club, a nightly kids club service so that parents might enjoy a special night out.

Guests may also enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach of the Polynesian each night (weather permitting) and can get a glimpse of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach as well.

The Polynesian is a quick and easy trip to the four Disney theme parks.  The Magic Kingdom is minutes away via the monorail or boat.  Epcot is also a monorail ride away with a quick change at the Ticket and Transportation Center or guests can make the beautiful, easy walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and catch a direct monorail to Epcot.  Buses service Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney and the water parks.

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When you are within the relaxing grounds of the Polynesian Resort you’ll find it hard to believe you are in the center of one of the busiest vacation destinations in the world but with easy monorail, boat and bus services available to guests of the Polynesian you’ll find yourself in the heart of the action whenever you’re ready to play!  Aloha!

I would love to help you plan a magical vacation to the Polynesian or one of the other fabulous Walt Disney World resorts ~ there’s something for every budget and my personal concierge services are always FREE!  You can contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext. 131.  Also follow me on  for shttp://www.facebook.com/susanheidenrichtravelwiththemagicpecials, tips and tricks!