Waterfront and BOATHOUSE Downtown Disney Amphicars

Float by for Family-Friendly Fun at BOATHOUSE Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is in the midst of a transformation to Disney Springs. The largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will provide even more opportunities for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. When completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four interconnected neighborhoods: The Landing (opening in early 2015), Marketplace, West Side and Town Center (opening in 2016).

One of the new dining and entertainment establishments that’s already open to the public is the BOATHOUSE. An interactive experience by land and water, the Boathouse marina offers Guests private cruises and live entertainment.

Go for classic American steakhouse fare and stay for the atmosphere, a uniquely engaging setting featuring spectacular dream boats from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s at the BOATHOUSE Downtown Disney. Take a romantic guided tour aboard the Captain’s Italian Water Taxi or the 19th-century steamboat Lady Rose and enjoy a champagne toast and chocolate-covered strawberries. Or experience the excitement of Amphicar tours in vintage vehicles, where you’ll enter the water with a splash, embarking on a 20-minute tour of Downtown Disney. The Amphicars can be seen in the video above. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

Special End of Summer Rates at Seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels

Downtown Disney Area Resort Hotels Feature Great Discounts through October 4th

Special rates provide a great way to take in such summer and fall events as Frozen Summer Fun, Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival; and to experience the many exciting new additions and enhancements in the Downtown Disney® area as it evolves into Disney Springs!

There is still time to make plans to experience the special events being conducted at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida this summer and fall, such as Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Night of Joy atMagic Kingdom® Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, and the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. A great way to experience these events, and to check out the many exciting additions and enhancements to the Downtown Disney® area as it evolves this Fall into Disney Springs, is by taking advantage of the special“End of Summer Value Rates” that are being offered by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels from August 1-October 4, 2015.

In addition to the hotels having an ideal location within an easy walk to more than 75 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney® area, the seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Downtown Disney® area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the“Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and special offers from over 30 merchants in the Downtown Disney® area for dining, entertainment and shopping.

Among the many coupons featured in the “Downtown Disney Deals” booklet are discounts at Rainforest Café®, T-Rex CaféTM, Wolfgang Puck® Express, Steve Baker Caricatures, The LEGO® Store, Planet Hollywood®, House of Blues® Restaurant, Splitsville Luxury LanesTM, Bongo’s Cuban CaféTM, and Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.

The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ “End of Summer Value Rates” are:

  • B Resort & Spa – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $69 per room, per night
  • Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – rates from $99 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – rates from $77 per room, per night.

Taking advantage of the special rates also will enable you to enjoy such other benefits of staying at one of the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels as:

  • Disney tickets available to purchase at each hotel
  • Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® golf courses
  • Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
  • The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort.

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New Harambe Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

The newest dining option just opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This new dining area is called the Harambe Marketplace. Choose from a quartet of unique locations offering food and refreshments that reflect the spirit of Harambe!

Constructed around an old colonial-era train depot and lorded over by an iconic water tower, this active marketplace showcases distinct personalities and diverse menus—created using produce and raw goods delivered daily by the local locomotive.

Here, the citizens of Harambe welcome travelers from all around the world, encouraging Guests of every age to tantalize their senses at one of the following locations:

  • Kitamu Grill
  • Famous Sausages
  • Chef Mwanga’s
  • Wanjohi Refreshments

After you’ve paid a visit to one or more windows, simply find yourself a table beneath ample shaded seating. Then, relax, eat and enjoy!

Frozen Summer Fun Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Frozen Fireworks Light Up Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Celebrate the coolest day ever with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf—and an amazing fireworks finale. There’s “snow” better way to end a Frozen day than with a spectacular flurry of awe-inspiring fireworks—set to the music of your favorite Disney winter fantasy! Chill with your cool Arendelle friends at the Event Stage and watch as the night sky explodes with icy magic!

Other Frozen Summer Fun includes:

Frozen Royal Welcome

Watch and wave as Anna and Elsa embark on a goodwill tour of neighboring kingdoms. You won’t want to miss the royal sisters as they’re joined by Kristoff and Olaf, ice cutters and joyous citizens of Arendelle who skate and “snow ski” their way through the procession—pausing twice along the route as Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are invited to join in a rousing rendition of “Let It Go.”

Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package

This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is experiencing a sensational snowstorm of Frozen Summer Fun—and you’re not going to want to miss a single snowflake! Book the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package to freeze your place at 3 of the exciting event’s most popular experiences.

Each Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package includes:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome Viewing
    Watch and wave during an enchanting daytime ceremony—complete with regal refreshments! Enjoy the Frozen Royal Welcome, beginning at 10:30 AM.
  • For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Seating
    Get ready to “Let it Go” like never before—enjoy reserved seating at one sing-along experience featuring favorite tunes from Frozenat a time of your choosing, performed throughout the day.
  • Frozen Fireworks Viewing with Dessert Party
    Indulge in an unforgettable fireworks showcase, paired with Frozen-themed desserts as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Don’t miss out! Reserve a Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package: $69 for adults or $39 for children age 3 to 9(tax and gratuity included).

Ice Palace Boutique

Experience a magical transformation inspired by your favorite Frozen characters!

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Sing along with Anna, Elsa and the Royal Historians of Arendelle at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Musical Celebration, taking place in the Hyperion Theater. Shiver with delight at this heart-warming—and humorous— retelling of the kingdom’s royal history.

Frozen Fever Short Film

Don’t miss the chance to see Disney’s animated short filmFrozen Fever—over and over again!

“Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party

Rock out to a medley of the hottest Frozen hits! Every evening, a dance party with DJ Chill breaks out at the Event Stage.And be sure to share your song requests and photos over social media—yours could be featured onscreen during the party!

Frozen Merchandise and Food & Beverage

Get your Frozen gear throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including many event-specific items.Hungry? Fill up on special Frozen-inspired food and beverage offerings as you enjoy fun photo opportunities, Frozen décor and so much more!

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down

Cool off with Olaf and the Ambassador of Hollywoodland! As the temperature heats up “In Summer,” head over to the Event Stage to cool off with Olaf, who happily shares a burst of flurries from his personal snow cloud to help you chill out. This sun-loving snowman knows how to have a frosty fun time!
Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place daily June 17 and continues daily through September 7, 2015.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Now Accepting Reservations


Sapphire Falls Rendering

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Escape to an island jewel in the heart of an incredible adventure

Beginning today (July 21, 2015), you can be among the first to book reservations for the newest on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The new resort will open in Summer 2016; reservations are now being accepted for stays beginning July 14, 2016.

Built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall, the new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms to 5,200.

Guests will be captivated by a vivid retreat that evokes a free-spirited, Caribbean sense of ease with a modern yet timeless feel.


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© Universal Orlando Resort, 2015.

Model Room Photos

LSFR Guest Room - Main Image

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LSFR Guest Room Detail 1

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LSFR Guest Room Detail 2

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The unforgettable island escape will feature Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, zero-entry pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.


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Dining options will include Amatista Cookhouse, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining; Strong Water Tavern, a tapas-style rum-themed destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s towering waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu; Drhum Club Kantine, a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails; New Dutch Trading Co., a quick-service marketplace; and 24-hour room service.

Amatista Cookhouse

Amatista Cookhouse

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Strongwater Tavern

Strong Water Tavern

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With value season rates from $119 per night for a seven-night stay or $143 per night for a four-night stay, and summer season rates starting at $176 per night for a seven-night stay or $206 per night for a four-night stay, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will offer incredible guest benefits, including:

  • Early theme park admission
  • Complimentary water taxi service and shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with their room key
  • And more!

Meeting space will also be available at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando.



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Meeting Room

Meeting Room

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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be a preferred on-site hotel.

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Sweet Treats at L’Artisan des Glaces Ice Cream at Epcot

Unique Ice Cream at Epcot

One of the most popular sweet treats in the parks is ice cream! Ice cream at Epcot is anything but ordinary. Check out the unique options at L’Artisan des Glaces in France at Epcot.

Seduce your sweet tooth, indulge your cravings and give in to your innermost desires with a tantalizing stop at this artisanal French shop, where you can find 16 flavors of hand-crafted frozen treats, including ice cream and sorbet.

Save Up to 25% on Rooms at Select WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort Hotels This Fall

With so many special seasonal events, there are lots of great reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort this fall. And we’ll give you one more: special savings on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
Fall 25 Offer
Valid for stays most nights October 4, 2015 through November 24 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. See the table below for room savings by Resort hotel and date.
 Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels
Oct 4-10, 16-17, 23-31; Nov 8-21, 2015 Oct 11-15, 18-22; Nov 1-7, 22-24; Nov 28-Dec 23, 2015
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House 20% 25%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows — Studios only
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
 Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels
Oct 4-10, 16-17, 23-31; Nov 8-21, 2015 Oct 11-15, 18-22; Nov 1-7, 22-24; Nov 28-Dec 23, 2015
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Standard/Pool View 20% 25%
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Savanna View/Club Level Rooms 10% 15%
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels
Oct 4-10, 16-17, 23-31; Nov 8-21, 2015 Oct 11-15, 18-22; Nov 1-7, 22-24; Nov 28-Dec 23, 2015
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 15% 20%
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney Value Resort Hotels
Oct 4-10, 16-17, 23-31; Nov 8-21, 2015 Oct 11-15, 18-22; Nov 1-7, 22-24; Nov 28-Dec 23, 2015
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort 10% 15%
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort — Family Suites Only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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Important Details: The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.  25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for suites and other select Resorts.

Full Throttle Sundays at American Q Restaurant at B Resort & Spa

Full Throttle Sundays Thru August

Attention auto enthusiasts! Ride on over to American Q every Sunday (July 12th thru August) for live music, bar specials, and a great deal on the all-you-can-eat FLATBED BUFFET!

Full Throttle Sundays

On Sundays from 2-6 p.m., fuel up with $2 ribs and a flatbed buffet stocked with sides such as Guacamole, Pecan Smoked Jerk Wings, and award-winning Chili Con Carne  for $19.95 (excludes tableside carvings).

Park at the bar for drink specials like $3 Jack Daniel’s & Jack Daniel’s Fire Shots, $4 Well Drinksand $6 Pitchers of Draft Beer, and enjoy a live performance by Buddy Blues Band.


American Q is located at the B Resort & Spa. 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: 407.827.3080.

Lobby Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Discover over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. Identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide (found in your Guest Room, with extras available from the Lobby Concierge), and learn more about African animals and ecosystems during fun programs led by Animal Specialists.

Here’s a look at what you can see from the savanna viewing area just outside the main hotel lobby. Next time you are visiting one of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s fine restaurants, make sure you take a walk outside to enjoy the firepit, the view and learn from the cast members who originate from Africa!

Savanna view at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hotel is one of the most spectacular views you will find at Disney World. Step into the heart of Africa at this magnificent Resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic.

A Nice, Quick Meal at Contempo Café

Contempo Café is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the Grand Canyon Concourse. It is right next to the well-loved Chef Mickey’s restaurant. Contempo Café has comfortable seating with plenty of space to move around. Kids will enjoy watching the Monorail pass through the resort while they dine. It is a great place to escape from the parks for a quick snack or meal during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

WDW contempo cafeWhile Contempo Café offers quick-service dining, it’s not your run-of-the-mill theme park food.  There are many delicious options that are filling and affordable. It is a nice option for those with quick-service dining credits when using a Disney Dining Plan.

During breakfast hours, guests can choose from:

  • Assorted Baked Goods and Muffins
  • Breakfast Platters
  • French Toast and Mickey Shaped Waffles
  • Breakfast Sandwiches and Burritos
  • A la carte items

Lunch choices include:

  • Specialty Salads including Barbeque Chicken, Chicken Caesar, Steakhouse and Vegetable
  • Various sandwiches including Spicy Chicken, Hot Smoked Turkey and Lobster Roll
  • Delicious Flatbreads with different toppings
  • Burgers
  • Sushi

Dinner offerings are even more exciting! Some of the menu items include:

  • Beef Pot Roast
  • Salmon Filet
  • Pasta with Marinara, Meatballs or Alfredo Sauce
  • Even more choices of Salads, Sandwiches and Flatbreads

Contempo Café has a wonderful variety of Kids’ Meals available. They also have a very nice selection of delicious desserts. Be sure to try one of the huge specialty cupcakes! You will also find a great selection of grab-and-go items if you’re in a hurry.

Be sure to include a stop at Contempo Café during your next Walt Disney World vacation!

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail.  She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at (804)405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.