Bowling at DisneyWorld

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 Who would have thought of this, right?  Well, if you run in to a situation where you are looking for something to do, and still enjoy the Disney Magic, then make sure you check out Splitsville at Downtown Disney’s West Side.

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If you are familiar with the West Side, you might recall a really large building on a corner that was home to Virgin Music.  Well, this building has been turned in to a two-story retro-classic bowling show place.  There are all kinds of other bars, restaurants and entertainment options on the West Side, but this is the first sports bar to arrive.  In addition to the bowling, there are billiards, over 60 flat screen TVs, and even a dance floor.

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There are 30 lanes in all, scattered all over the two stories with four here, six there, you name it.  Your lanes are all set up beautifully with tables and chairs right at your lane so you can take in a snack or meal while you bowl as well.  Food options include pizza to steak and even sushi!  There is even a “lane concierge” that delivers your bowling shoes right to you.

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Splitsville is the place to go and have a great time with your family, group or just the two of you.   Splitsville is also Handicap accessible as there are elevators to the second floor.   Splitsville is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day.  Be sure and check it out.  You’ll definitely enjoy all the fun is has to offer.

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If you’d like more information on great things to do at Disney, or a free quote for an upcoming trip, feel free to contact me at cindy@travelwiththemagic.com.  Also, follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TravelwiththeMagicCindyPresley .

Royal Treatment on the Disney Dream

As a little girl, I dreamt of fairytales and castles, fancy meals and tea parties. Little did I know that as an adult those dreams would come true. For our sons senior trip we planned a Disney cruise on the newest ship the “Dream”. My expectations were undetermined because I had never cruised before. I did all of my research and planned every step of the cruise. The rotational dining is something I was most looking forward to. Although each restaurant had something special and it would be hard to choose which was better than the other, I have to say that upon my arrival to the Royal Palace, I instantly knew that my childhood dream was becoming a reality.

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As you walk into the restaurant you are greeted with a large staff dressed as if they were serving the King and Queen. The carpets are a royal blue with pillars through the room. The lighting fixtures are breathtaking, Cinderella’s glass slippers hang from the lights. The details are absolutely the most impressive thing I’ve seen on a ship. I felt as if I were really in a royal palace awaiting a fine meal. It took me several visits during our sailing to really grasp the décor.

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Our table was on the wall so we had a gorgeous view of the water. I felt like the window was taking us on a journey, we had the early seating so we were able to enjoy a skyline of waves and sunshine.

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My four course meal started with the Princess delight which was the best non alcoholic drink I’ve ever tasted I’m sure it’s because it was made for the queen. I ordered Jumbo Shrimp as an appetizer and then was served with Belle’s French Onion soup, the cheese itself was thick and delicious once I got through that I was able to enjoy a very rich onion broth that I could have eaten as my meal. It was amazing. I knew it was only going to get better as they brought our bread in the most adorable carriage that resembled Cinderella’s ride to the ball. My Husband enjoyed the Royal Market Green Salad, he said the dressing was excellent. We both enjoyed the same main course of Aged Angus grilled Beef Tenderloin. I think the title of the dish speaks for itself. It was cooked to perfection and the taste was mind blowing, rich and husky wood flavored is the only way I can explain it. I asked for potatoes from a different dish which they did with no questions asked. I hardly had room left for dessert but we were on vacation so how could I pass up a sweet treat fit for a queen? I couldn’t. I had the strawberry shortcake sundae. The strawberries were the freshest berries I’ve ever tasted and the whipping cream was pure perfection, creamy and just sweet enough to keep you going back for just one more bite.

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My night of dining in the Royal Palace was coming to an end, it did not disappoint and as I write this blog my mouth is watering and I keep looking at the calendar to plan another visit  on the Disney Dream so I can again be treated like royalty.

If you would like to be treated like a King and Queen, please contact me so I can make your next Disney vacation the trip of a lifetime.

Amy Blades

amyb@travelwiththemagic.com

1-800-397-4674

Tell me A Story

It is no secret that I love Walt Disney World during the holidays, everything is just so magical!  When we took our Christmas trip I was determined to fit in everything that is special and unique about visiting during this time of the year.  One of the things that was on our must do list was to see the Storytellers in Epcot.

You can see the Storytellers in all the countries around World Showcase at various times throughout the day.  Pick up a times guide as you arrive at the park and map out your plan of attack.  You can find the location by looking for these signs

Each Storyteller shares the traditions of their country through their story, which usually lasts around 10-15 minutes.  You then have a chance to meet the Storyteller and get your picture taken with them.  It was really fun to learn where a lot of our own Christmas traditions originated from!

Here is a list of who is available to see, typically from late November through the end of December

Mexico – The Three Kings

Norway – Sigrid tells the story of a mischievous little Gnome named Julenissen.  Julenissen plays tricks on Sigrid throughout the story and is really funny.  This was my favorite of all the Storytellers!

China – The Money King.  He was full of energy and was a favorite with the kids

 

Germany – Helga tells us all about the nutcracker and serveral other holiday tradtitions.  This one was especially interesting to me because of my German heritage, and the kids loved meeting the giant nutcracker at the end.

Italy – La Befana tells a beautiful and sometimes sad story.  She was another of my favorites

The American Adventure – You can meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus here as well as learn about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah

Japan – A Daruma doll seller explains the customs of the Japanese New Year

Morocco – Taarji shares the customs of Ramadan

France – Pere Noel

United Kingdom – Father Christmas, loved him as well!

And finally,

Canada – Nowell the lumberjack searches for Santa at Christmas

I was so glad that we made time to do this!  It was such a special and unique experience.  We were able to get through most of them during one afternoon/evening and the rest we caught at different times throughout our trip.

If you’d like to know more about the Storytellers or any of the other things going on at Walt Disney World during the holidays, you can contact me at michelle@travelwiththemagic.com  It doesn’t cost you any extra to book your trip through me and then all of my planning services are completely free.  I’d love to help you plan your next trip!

Traveling with Injuries

Don’t let an unexpected injury hamper your Disney dream vacation. I had been planning my 40th birthday celebration at Walt Disney World for 6 months. Five days before we were scheduled to leave, my daughter injured her ankle cheerleading. The Doctor advised her not to walk on it for 2 weeks. We didn’t even think twice, we were going.

Two days before we were to leave, I called and ordered a scooter from Scootarama (will definitely use again) that was delivered to our Walt Disney World Resort. There was no way I was pushing a manual wheelchair around Disney, on my birthday. She is 14 and very responsible so I trusted that she would not run over any unsuspecting guests.

When we arrived at the airport, we went to the ticket counter & requested a wheelchair to be waiting at the gate when we landed at the Orlando International AirPort. This is so important, Orlando Airport is huge.

Once we checked in our resort it was time to head to the Magic Kingdom. As soon as we walked through the turnstiles, my husband and daughter headed straight to City Hall on Main Street. Explaining the situation, the Cast Member issued a Guest Assistance Card. This card will alert Cast Members to provide the assistance you have requested. It is NOT intended to provide immediate access. The card is good for up to five members of their party. Other members of the party would need to enter through the standard ques.

Now it was time to have some fun. All of the Cast Members at Disney was so accommodating. My favorite was the time that the Characters took with Whitney. I was amazed at how each one interacted with her. Not just one Character but all that we came in contact with.

Don’t let the little things set you back. All can be done and enjoyed at Disney. It is the Happiest Place on Earth.

Allison@Travelwiththemagic.com – Email or Call Today!

1-800-670-4312 ext. 134 My Services are FREE!

New Fantasyland

I recently returned from a family vacation at Disney World.  One of the highlights of that trip was when  I happened to stumble upon the first day of dress rehearsals at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom.

I had tickets for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that evening and I decided to go to Magic Kingdom early so I could take some pictures of the fabulous fall décor before it got too dark.  While I was there, I went to Storybook Circus Land to check out the new Pete’s Silly Side Show and Big Top Souvenirs and Big Top Treats since they had recently opened.  Little did I know something was about to catch my eye while I was over there.  I looked over to Beast’s Castle and noticed the waterfall was turned on.  It was truly beautiful!  I decided I needed get closer and perhaps I would be able to take some exterior pictures of it.  It’s always seemed so far away behind those big construction walls with the castle peeking over the top.  I walked over and noticed a large cast member presence but few crowds and that is when I saw the sign, “Welcome to our Dress Rehearsal of New Fantasyland”.  I truly can’t explain the giddy feeling I felt!  I’ve been watching construction for two years and here I am finally being able to see what’s behind those walls!  My Disney geek radar truly went through the roof just thinking about being one of the first people to set foot at these new attractions.  So now I’ll share with you some of what I saw.

 

As soon as you enter the area past the new majestic looking castle walls which separate Fantasyland from New Fantasyland, you’ll notice it’s very open yet it has a cozy feel to it at the same time.  The first attraction you will see is Enchanted Tales with Belle, which is part interactive show, part meet and greet.  There is quite a bit of foliage and it looks as if it’s been there forever. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into the movie, Beauty and the Beast as you see Maurice’s humble cottage with Beast’s castle off in the distance.  Next, you’ll find the very mysterious looking Be our Guest restaurant which is truly breath taking.  It has a very medieval, regal, rich look to it complete with broken archway, iron gates, heavy draperies, and knights in armor and majestic chandeliers.  The bridge to get to the restaurant is almost daunting.  This new restaurant will offer a French inspired menu.  It will have quick service for lunch and table service for dinner.  The restaurant features three different themed rooms for guests to dine in: the elegant ballroom which will feature a snow falling effect in the windows, the rose gallery and the mysterious west wing.  Next up is the very masculine Gaston’s Tavern where you will find dark wood and antlers galore!  You can grab a pork shank, cinnamon roll or the already very much talked about LeFou’s Brew.  It’s a delicious frozen concoction that will certainly be a hit, particularly with the souvenir goblets!  There was always a line when I passed the entrance. Next to Gaston’s Tavern is Bonjour! Village Gifts which is a quaint gift shop with more of an upscale vibe to it.  And finally, there is Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid which is an adorable ride that takes you through the story of Ariel under the sea in a clam mobile.

One word that I feel describes this new area is DETAIL.  No detail is left behind!  The Imagineers truly outdid themselves with themeing.  You’ll even HEAR details like frogs croaking at Beast’s castle and waves crashing in Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.  It truly is a lovely addition that is sure to be a hit.  Soft openings for New Fantasyland begin November 19 with a grand opening on December 6. And don’t forget the final addition, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster, which will be opening in 2014 as well.

Are you interested in planning a family vacation to Disney World?  Would you like to see the New Fantasyland?  I would love to assist with your vacation planning!  Feel free to call me 800-670-4312 x128 or email me at corby@travelwiththemagic.com.

Rustic Beauty ~ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

On the edge of Bay Lake sits a grand tribute to the turn of the century lodges of the Pacific Northwest.  Think Yellowstone National Park ~ Disneyfied.

 

The Wilderness Lodge offers the feeling of seclusion while still being close enough to the Magic Kingdom to hear the train whistle through the trees.  The drive to the Lodge is down a heavily wooded lane with towering pine trees.  Look closely and you might spot some deer and rabbits tucked in the brush.

Inside the Wilderness Lodge is a huge 7 story atrium complete with an 80 foot rock fireplace (including good old fashioned rocking chairs), totem poles and rustic chandeliers.  While the space is massive, the colors, wood carvings and warmth provides a sense of intimacy.

 

This resort is in the “deluxe” category and offers several room views including standard, woods and courtyard as well as some rooms with bunk beds.  Junior suites and concierge service are also offered.

Dining options include two table service restaurants and a quick service location.  Whispering Canyon Café is fun for all ages. The food is home cooking and the cast member interaction is crazy ~ make sure you ask for a straw.  Artist Point is the resort’s signature restaurant and serves wild game and seafood in an upscale setting.  Roaring Forks quick service restaurant serves up grab and go food along with burgers and sandwiches.

Boat transportation is provided to the Magic Kingdom while bus service is provided to other theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.

For recreation there is a large, themed pool with a slide as well as two hot tubs.  There is a beach area for sunbathing and a marina which offers boat rentals.  Additionally there is a lovely walking path around the resort as well as bike rentals and fishing.  This truly is a resort within a resort!

 

The Electric Water Pageant can be viewed nightly from the boat.  In true Yellowstone form, there is a 120’ geyser that erupts every hour on the hour from 7am to 10pm.  You’ll find the Fire Rock Geyser down by the back of the pool area.  There is also a hidden mickey hunt unique to the Wilderness Lodge – ask for a clue sheet at the front desk.  If you’d like to learn more about the Lodge be sure to sign up for the “Wonders of the Lodge” tour offered on select days (check with guest services at the resort for current days and times).

The beauty and the grandness of the Wilderness Lodge makes for a relaxing retreat while its proximity to the Magic Kingdom and other theme parks provides a vacation within a vacation.  If you’d like more information about the Wilderness Lodge or any of the other Disney resorts or are ready to start planning that Disney vacation contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com.  You can also follow me on facebook at SusanHeidenrichTravelwiththeMagic for information, specials and tips and tricks on all things Disney!

Five Reasons You Need a Travel Agent

Once upon a time, in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, there was an existence without Google.  Without smart phones.  Without, gulp, the internet.  Yes!  I speak the truth!  Back then there were things called phone books and land lines.  How, one wonders, did anyone plan a vacation?  From what I remember of my parents planning our family vacations, there were a lot of phone calls made, and, of course a lot of the “set out and pray there is a hotel when we get there” mentality.  The big stuff, though, the trips that required special handling, required a Travel Agent.

Travel Agents were (are) the Expedia with a personal touch back in the days before the World Wide Web.  Your TA could book everything you needed and more, including flights, rental cars, excursions, cruises, hotels, spa appointments, dining reservations, and everything else required for a great vacation.  Without reviewer websites like Tripadvisor, a trusted TA could make recommendations, and the traveler could feel good about booking a place, sight unseen.

So, now that we have a world of information at our fingertips, there is just no use for the trusted Travel Agent anymore, right? WRONG!  It used to be we didn’t have ANY information.  Now we have TOO MUCH.  Try to plan a trip to Disney World for your family for the first time, and you will soon see what I mean.  There are the few of us out there that enjoy information overload, especially when it comes to our favorite, Most Magical Place on Earth, but we are few and far between (and we are usually Travel Agents).  For someone who doesn’t eat, live, breathe and dream Disney, however, it can be an overwhelming mess before the planning even starts.  Oh, and let’s not forget that it’s a pretty expensive gamble at that.  Disney is one of those rite of passage trips – one that just HAS to be PERFECT and MAGICAL at ALL TIMES, right?  So…tell me, traveler…why on earth would you want to shoulder that burden on your own?

There are so many reasons to use a Travel Agent to book your trip(s) to the World (and all other Disney properties as well), but I am going to list the all-time top five of them here.

Ever seen a Disney travel book?

This is where all of that information overload comes in.  Sure, Disney has a decent site, but you would be very hard-pressed to find unbiased opinions on the plethora of products and services that Disney offers on their own site.  It’s a good tool to see some pretty pictures of the parks and to get pumped up about your awesome trip, but a research tool it is not.  There are also tons of forums and blogs out on the interwebs, and their sheer numbers further prove my point and can be perfectly represented in the bulk of the books you find on Disney in your neighborhood bookstore.

The books are huge.  I am a nerd and love reading about the algorithms used to deduct the average wait time of Space Mountain during the month of August, but most people don’t share my love for an 865 page book of single-spaced Disney madness…with no pictures.  I refer to Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa’s The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and, granted, it is definitely the most text-booky of the choices out there, but you get my drift.

A Travel Agent can sift through this information (in fact, a good Disney Travel Agent has most of it memorized) and, through a quick Q&A with the customer (you), can apply to you only what matters to you.  Want to stay on site?  Then why read the entire section on off-site hotels?  Going during the Fall?  Then why do you care about Spring events?  Don’t know what you want, ie, hopelessly lost?  Even better – your TA can recommend something for you based on your basic info (family size, budget, special needs, etc).  You don’t even have to pick up that book.

Your daughter loves Princesses, your son loves sports, and your husband would rather be fishing.

We’ve all been there.  Family vacations are insane unless you just plan to sit on a beach all day every day (and there is nothing wrong with that).  A regular, normal, everyday family vacation can be what it is – no muss, no fuss, see the sights, go home, right?  A Disney vacation, however, has this aura of greatness about it.  It’s expensive, yes, but so is a good beach vacation (or really any vacation nowadays).  The fact that it’s Disney makes it this otherworldly thing – something to be mastered and tamed – a true rite of passage, if you will.  Most folks will go to Disney as a family once, maybe twice, in their lifetime.  That puts the pressure on the one in charge of the planning (you) to make it count.  So, how are you supposed to make everyone happy all the time?  I mean, it’s the Happiest Place on Earth, right?

Your Travel Agent can tell you.  Tell your TA exactly what your kids (and your big kid hubby) love to do, and I guarantee, a beautiful itinerary can be produced with all of your requirements in mind.  Maybe your son shudders at the thought of meeting Princess Belle.  That’s ok – maybe he and Dad can mosey on over to Disney’s Wide World of Sports while Mom and Daughter take in a character lunch at Akershus to meet Belle on their own.  Your TA has these ideas rolling around in his or her crazy Disney brain – I promise!

Disney is EXPENSIVE, yes?

Yes, Disney CAN BE expensive.  But here’s the deal – a good TA can show you the VALUE of what you are getting for your hard-earned vacation dollars.  Even better, a TA can ADD to that value by putting together personalized itineraries based on what your family wants to do and what time of the year you go.  Oh yes – there is a huge difference between July and November at the World, and you can have fun during both, as long as you have a plan.  And no one says you have to plan the plan, right?  That’s what a Travel Agent does – it’s what we LOVE to do.

In addition to itinerary planning to get the most bang for your buck, your Travel Agent keeps an eye out for any and all discounts that are released by Disney.   If there is ever a discount that can save you money on your trip, your TA will know about it first and can apply it right away.  All you have to do is gladly intercept the good news of all the money you just miraculously saved!

We all have to eat.

Disney dining is an entity in itself in the blogosphere.  If you have told anyone that you are thinking of a trip to Disney World, and that person knows anything about trips to Disney World, he or she will most likely say something along the lines of “oh, you are planning to go in October of 2013?  Then get your dining reservations done NOW”.  Granted, it’s not that bad, but Disney does take Advanced Dining Reservations up to 180 (no that’s not a typo) days in advance of your trip.  And, depending on when you are going and what kind of reservations you want, restaurants are completely booked up to 180 days in advance of your trip.  Don’t know where you want to eat?  That’s ok too – this goes hand in hand with itinerary planning, and a good Travel Agent will know where to point you.  Keep in mind – most of us have eaten at all of these places with our families – that’s where that trusted recommendation comes in.

Do you like getting up at 6:30AM EASTERN and waiting on hold for an hour or more to book dining reservations for 6 months from now?  No?  Then let your Travel Agent do it for you.  Before I became a TA, this was the main thing I loved my TA for – I woke up to a lovely email from my TA listing all of my CONFIRMED dining reservations at all of the restaurants that I wanted, when I wanted them.  This is what Travel Agents do for a living – we are good at it, we like doing it (I know, right?), and a lot of us get a very large adrenaline rush when we are able to do it successfully for our clients.

Just a quick note – I have been at Disney World many times and witnessed a family being turned away from a popular restaurant in the parks because they did not make a dining reservation.  It’s sad, unpleasant and completely unnecessary.  If you have a Travel Agent, this should NEVER happen to you.

Loose ends, everywhere.

To pack or not to pack, that is the question.  Remember when we said Disney was expensive?  Well, guess what?  Band-aids at Disney are expensive too.  So is Neosporin, bottled water, and that oh-so-cute-but-I-wouldn’t-necessarily-buy-it-if-it-wasn’t-so-surprisingly-cold-for-Florida Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.  Sure, you can find packing lists galore on the internet.  And, by all means, if you want to print 5 pages of stuff for every family scenario under the planet and decipher what you really need from it, go ahead.

Your Travel Agent, however, can cut to the chase for you and recommend a packing list based on your situation.  Are you flying?  Maybe bringing a case of bottled water with you isn’t an option.  Your TA can recommend a good grocery option for once you get to Florida.

The same goes for all of the last-minute loose ends of a major trip – park hours, final confirmations, directions, paperwork, requests, etc.  Let your Travel Agent take care of it.  Expect a nifty package containing information on everything you could possibly need to make your trip Magical, and don’t sweat the details.

Okay – this is a top five, but this one is too good to leave out.

It’s free to you.

Hopefully this list has shed a little bit of light on what a Disney-focused Travel Agent can do for you and your family to make the most of your Magical trip to the World.  You can apply all of this to the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Aulani in Hawaii, or any of Disney’s theme parks around the world.  Give a TA a try – you won’t regret it.  It will seriously be like starting your vacation early.

Happy travels!

Jennifer Lassiter

jennifer@travelwiththemagic.com

Kids fun at Disney!

What’s a great idea for kids to do at Disney?  How about getting autographs from all of their favorite characters!   On our most recent trip, I ordered autograph books before I left, and the kids went and bought special pens.  We were ready to go as soon as we arrived at the Magic Kingdom.  Our first stop was dinner at The Crystal Palace.   We got Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet to sign our books.  A character meal is the perfect place to get autographs.  You don’t have to wait in any lines.  All the characters come up to your table and are ready to take pictures and sign your books.

Here are some pointers for getting autographs.  Get a bigger marker for the characters to sign with.  They have big gloves on, so a small pen does not work.  Open the marker and have a page ready for them to sign.  Take a picture with the character and attach it inside the autograph book when you get home.

These autograph books make great memories for kids, and they have a blast meeting all of the fun characters.

Let me help you plan your next magical vacation. My services are always FREE. Call me, Karen Kalinowski (877) 818-6106 or e-mail: Karen@travelwiththemagic.com.

Food & Wine, What a Wonderful Way to Dine

I’m pretty sure that my favorite time to visit Walt Disney World is in October.  The weather is great, the humidity from the summer months is all but gone, and it is still plenty warm enough for shorts and swimming.

I love all the fall decorations.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is so much fun, with special fireworks, a parade and trick or treating inside theMagicKingdom.

But the biggest reason I love Disney World in October is because of the Food & Wine Festival held annually at Epcot.

I really enjoy strolling around World Showcase and snacking on different foods and drinks from locations all over the world.  I’ve tried things I never thought I would, and developed a love for all different kinds of food.  The portions are small, allowing you to sample many items, and if you are on one of the Disney Dining Plans you can use your snack credits for many of the offerings.  This is a great value for your snack credits!

There are seminars, demonstrations and special dining experiences that you can sign up for.  These will cost you extra and they vary in price.  But, there is plenty to see and do that is included in your regular park admission.  There are taste seminars, HGTV seminars, book signings and the popular “Eat to the Beat” concert series.  These concerts are held nightly during the festival in the American Gardens Theater and include performances by many well known artists.

I’d love to help you plan your trip to Walt Disney World!  You can email me at michelle@travelwiththemagic.com or give me call (800) 670-4312 ext 127.  You can also find me on facebook,  facebook.com/travelwiththemagicmichellebeam

Dine With Some Pretty Fantastic Fish!

You may have had the pleasure of enjoying the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion in Future World at Epcot but did you know you can actually dine inside of the giant aquarium – no scuba suit required?  Tucked around the back of the pavilion is the Coral Reef restaurant which not only offers delicious food but a unique dining experience as well.  This is one of only two table service restaurants located in Future World.

Inside the restaurant you’ll find colors complementary to the huge glass walls that showcase the aquarium.  Soft blues and aquas, along with shell lighting, enhance the under the sea mood.  The lights are dimmed and seating is tiered so everyone has a good view of the sea life.

 

At every table you will find a guide to the different fish as well as other animals you might see during your meal.  The aquarium is so huge that Spaceship Earth would fit inside with room to spare!  Also, keep your eyes open for the divers that feed the fish as well as a certain famous mouse that’s been known to make an appearance in his scuba suit.

The food here is, as you would expect, mostly seafood.  The menu offerings include lobster soup, trout, salmon, seasonal fish and lobster ravioli.  If you are a landlover you have options as well including chicken and steak and a vegetarian dish.  The kids menu includes choices such as Mahi Mahi, chicken breast, pizza and grilled fish.

Typical of the table service restaurants at Walt Disney World the desserts are not to be missed.  The most popular dessert by far is the Chocolate Wave – a chocolate cake filled with a liquid chocolate center served with ice cream and raspberries.  It is heaven on a plate!

The Coral Reef is a wonderful spot for a mid-day break or a nice dinner before Illuminations.  Kids (and adults) of all ages will enjoy the sea life and the relaxing atmosphere of this restaurant provides a respite from the crowds.

If you are using a Disney Dining Plan the Coral Reef will utilize one table service credit.  Priority seating reservations are available 180 days in advance and are recommended.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

I would love to help you plan your next Disney Destination vacation.  My personal concierge trip planning services are free.  Contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com and follow me on facebook at www.facebook.com/SusanHeidenrichTravelwiththeMagic