Choosing the Ideal Walt Disney World Resort

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation for your family, there are many options to consider.  With choices ranging from Value to Deluxe Villa accommodations, it can be a challenge!  Let’s take a look at the four main categories of Disney Resorts.

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All Star Movies, All Star Sports, All Star Music, Art of Animation and Pop Century are in this least expensive category. These resorts feature larger-than-life themes that will delight children of all ages. Your family can enjoy swimming pools, food courts and pizza delivery. Most have outside corridors. Standard Room sizes are 260-277sf. Art of Animation and All Star Music offer Family Suites which are larger.

 

 

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You can experience exotically themed locales. Full and quick service restaurants, themed swimming pools with slides and tons of recreational opportunities abound. The Moderate Resorts are Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins. Standard Rooms are 300-314sf.

Deluxe Resorts

These resorts are the best of the best that Disney offers. Guests receive extraordinary service in incredible settings with quick and full service restaurants featuring Character and Signature dining, room service, upscale shopping and highly themed pools and spas. The close proximity to the parks is invaluable to guests who want the most from their Disney vacations. Deluxe Resorts are Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club Resort. Standard Room sizes range from 344-448sf. These resorts have salons, valet parking and incredible lobbies!

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With the comforts of home, these resorts are perfect for families desiring more space with Disney charm and exceptional service. Deluxe Villa Resorts are located at Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, BoardWalk Villas, Villas at Grand Floridian, Beach Club Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs and the Villas at Polynesian Village. These include kitchens and some can accommodate up to 12 people.

As you can see, there are many different room types and amenities available. There’s a Disney Resort to fit the budget and vacation desires of everyone!

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.

Visit The Orlando Eye on for Savings on the Fourth of Jul-EYE!

Kids Fly for Just $4 on July 3rd, 4th or 5th

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Bring the family to see the Orlando Eye lit red, white and blue as we celebrate the 4th of Jul-EYE at I-Drive 360. As an added bonus for every adult Orlando Eye ticket purchased from July 3rd – 5th, you’ll receive a child’s ticket for just $4! Make sure to take advantage of the FREE Parking available next to the attractions.

The fun doesn’t stop at 400-feet either, stick around for more!

• Orlando Eye light show
• Selfies with Uncle Sam in the Terminal Building
• FREE giveaways
• Live music from 8:00 – 10:00 PM on July 4th
• Entertainers, artists and more!

Terms & Conditions: $4 Orlando Eye child’s ticket available with the purchase of an Adult Orlando Eye ticket for flights during July 3rd, 4th or 5th, 2015. One $4 child’s Orlando Eye ticket with the purchase of one Orlando Eye adult ticket. Normal upgrade charges apply to any combination ticket. Discounted tickets cannot be applied to pre-purchased tickets or combined with any other discounts or offers. Restrictions may apply. Not for resale. Prices and hours are subject to change without notice. Attraction admission is not guaranteed and subject to availability.

Our Picks for the Best July Fourth BBQ in Orlando

July 4th BBQ Options in Orlando

Don’t feel like firing up the grill this Independence Day?  No problem, we’ve compiled a list of local restaurants cooking up some sweet deals for your July 4th celebration!

American Q | www.americanq.com

Celebrate the fourth in BBQ style at American Q with a special flatbed buffet stocked with summer staples like Crocked Sweet Beans, Roasted Florida Sweet Corn and Sweet Potato Salad. They are serving #MoreQ from the rodizio, with 12 options, including all-you-can-eat St Louis Ribs and Free Range BBQ Chicken, Texas Bark Beef Brisket and Flank Steak, carved tableside.

Wash it all down with American Q’s Mt. Laurel cocktail- Jack Daniels with fresh lemon juice, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup and orange peel garnished with a sprig of thyme.

Upload your best 4th of July selfie on social media with hashtags #BResort, #StayatB, and #BPatriotic, for a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two at American Q or a complimentary spa treatment at B Indulged AVEDA Spa!

Cost:  Endless options for just $39.95; $10 for kids under 7 chickens tall

American Q - St Louis Spare Ribs

Duffy’s Sports Grill | www.duffysmvp.com

Stop by Duffy’s Sports Grill on Thursday, July 2 to get your Rib Fix in a little early. They are serving a ½ rack of our award-winning BBQ Baby Back Ribs with your choice of side for $9.95!

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4 Rivers | www.4rsmokehouse.com

4 Rivers Smokehouse may be best known for their BBQ, but this Independence Day The Sweet Shop is offering some festive treats in celebration of the stars and stripes. Make sure to swing by the Sweet Shop and pick up a signature Blueberry Pie  ($7.50) or patriotic Strawberry Shortcake ($4.75), served on a fluffy biscuit cut in half and soaked in strawberry sauce, stacked high with fresh cut strawberries, brown sugar whipped cream, and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. These sweet treats are available through the month of July. 4  Rivers Smokehouse will be closed on the Fourth.

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Soco | www.socothorntonpark.com

Located a short walk away from Lake Eola at the intersection of Summerlin and Central in Downtown Orlando, Soco is the perfect place to dine for the Fourth of July before heading to the lake for the annual fireworks show. Enjoy a savory Southern dish such as the Slow-Roasted Barbecue-Glazed Pork Belly Biscuits.

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Walt Disney World News Update July 1, 2015

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, July 1, 2015

What’s New This Week?

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Selfie Sticks No Longer Permitted at Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Like many other venues, Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will no longer permit selfie sticks* effective June 30. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks also will be included in this policy change, effective July 1. When selfie sticks are observed at bag check, a Cast Member at bag check will escort the Guest to Guest Relations. Guest Relations will tag the device and give the Guest a claim ticket to retrieve it upon exiting the park. If a selfie stick is discovered inside the park, Cast Members will explain the policy and escort the Guest to a regional Guest Relations location where the device will be tagged and the same process is followed. There are posted signs and guests are being handled informational pamphlets in the parking lots explaining the new policy.

New! Fun for Fourth of July at Magic Kingdom: Disney’s “Celebrate America – a Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” a vibrant fireworks display will paint the sky above Cinderella Castle, and Guests will be immersed in a red, white and blue pyrotechnic revue. This offering will take the place of “Wishes nighttime spectacular” beginning at 9 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., Guests can rock their stars and stripes at a DJ Dance Party in Frontierland. In addition, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will be performed twice on both days at noon and 3 p.m.

Epcot

New! Fourth of July Entertainment Schedule: Celebrate the red, white and blue at Epcot! Guests can enjoy additional entertainment on Saturday, July 4 at the American Adventure: Voices of Liberty Fourth of July Concert shows at America Gardens Theatre, at 12:20, 1:45 & 3 p.m., Meet Patriotic Chip & Dale intermittently from 12-5:30 p.m. and “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” will feature a special Fourth of July finale beginning at 10 p.m.

New! Guest Relaxation Area Opens at Epcot: Guests can take a break from the heat and charge their personal devices in comfort at Epcot at Innoventions. With new seating and additional charging areas, the new Guest relaxation area also offers two food & beverage carts serving frozen beverages and packaged sweet and savory options.

New! Givenchy Gift with Purchase Event: The Givenchy makeup line is celebrating 10 years! Natural or dramatic, matte or shimmer, cream or powder, Givenchy’s makeup line is for every occasion. From 11-9 p.m. on July 1-5, Guests who visit Plume et Palette in France and purchase $100 or more in Givenchy merchandise will receive a complimentary Givenchy pouch and brush set. Complimentary engraving will be available July 2 – July 4 from 1:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Guests who purchase any Givenchy merchandise.

Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Under Way: Enjoy the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot through July 25. Every night, hear talented tribute bands bring top rock n’ roll hits to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Showtimes for the concert series are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., and on July 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

  • Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston – June 27- July 4
  • Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar – July 5-11 NEW!
  • Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees – July 12-18
  • Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – July 19-25

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! July Fourth Entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration,” as the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios ignites in a shower of shimmering light for a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll road trip across America. The DJ kicks things off at 5:45 p.m. and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 p.m.

New! Celebrate Fourth of July with New Cupcake: Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates Fourth of July with a specialty cupcake! The Independence Day cupcake is made out of apple pie and will be available July 3-5 at the following locations: ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. This treat is included in Disney Dining Plan.

New! New Menu Items at Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Hollywood Brown Derby has recently added new small plates and beverages and has a newly renovated outdoor bar. New small plates include grilled Bloody Mary-marinated shrimp and chorizo and heirloom tomatoes on toasted ciabatta with garlic herb butter and a new seasonal soup — Zellwood Corn Bisque, served with a corn and lobster fritter and Ancho chili oil. Or share the Crispy Bites, featuring parmesan and goat cheese risotto sticks with a peach-habanero chili sauce, Brie with a sweet onion and orange jam, and affiné blue and mushroom arancini with a fig and balsamic dip. These new tastes join favorites like The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, Derby Sliders, and Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie Board. New additions to the drink menu include a Mint Julep made with premium reserve bourbon; the new Bloody Mary turns up the heat with pepper-infused vodka and a garnish of olives, spicy pickles, and pickled green beans; a Champagne Cocktail with sweet and floral elderflower liqueur and Fairytale by Iron Horse Celebration Cuvee (exclusive to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts); Sangria; and, the Grapefruit Cake Martini — a delicious twist on the classic dessert.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Reminder! ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Cupcakes Still Available: On Wednesday, June 17, Disney’s Hollywood Studios debuted three Frozen-themed specialty cupcakes! Anna’s cupcake is made out of chocolate buttercream, Elsa’s cupcake is made out of vanilla buttercream and Olaf’s cupcake is made out of carrot cake with cream cheese icing. These treats will be available at the following locations: ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. The cupcakes are included in Disney Dining Plan, and all “Frozen” specialty cupcakes will be available through Sept. 7

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New! New Menu Additions at Gardens Kiosk and Dino-Bites:  With the reopening of Flame Tree Barbecue on June 30, Gardens kiosk will no longer serve barbecue. Gardens kiosk will serve specialty salads and new tea and lemonades. The specialty salads include Trek Power Salad: Quinoa, beets, edamame, citrus; Farmer’s salad: Blueberries, goat cheese, candied pecans. The tea and lemonades include: Chilled Green Tea, Cucumber-Mint Pomegranate Lemonade, and Raspberry Lemonade. Dino-Bite Snacks will begin serving beer.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows Final Building Open: The Tokelau Longhouse re-opened on July 1, making it the final longhouse opening in conjunction with the Disney Vacation Club refurbishment at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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New! New Chef and Menu Items at Artist’s Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge takes guests on a journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with design inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. Chef Michael Gonsalves is new at the helm in the Artist Point kitchen, and is having fun with a menu that is focused on the America’s Pacific Northwest. Regional dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, steamed mussels, Cedar plank salmon and wild-caught prawns and halibut are on the menu, but Chef Michael is having fun with new tastes, too. A dashi-braised short rib starter is served with kombu turnip pickles, daikon and wild greens. Charred field asparagus with Berkshire prosciutto, mustard vinaigrette, and foraged greens also graces the menu. And he showcases produce from the “Land” at Epcot as well with offerings such as the “Land” Greens Salad featuring Masumoto Peaches, and Seed Granola. Favorites such as the smokey portobello bisque with crispy shiitakes stays on the menu, as well as the buffalo strip steak from North Fork Canada. For summer, Chef Michael is adding a new cheese and house-made charcuterie boards. Every dish on the menu gets a wine pairing from sommelier Alvin Burrill, with each selection from Washington or Oregon.

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Reminder! Coffee Shop Pilot at Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will pilot a new coffee shop offering located in Territory Lounge. The shop will operate daily from 7–11 a.m. Guests will be able to choose a variety of items from regular coffee to a Wilderness Bark Latte and much more.

Reminder! Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Event July 3 and 4: Celebrate Independence Day at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Guest event. Festivities will be held at the Riverside Courtyard on July 3 and 4 with a poolside barbecue taking place from noon-5 p.m., followed by games, crafts, live entertainment and character meet and greets from 5-8:30 p.m. Specialty Food & Beverage and Merchandise offerings will also be available for purchase.

New! Fitness Center, Salon and Pool Refurb at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: The La Vida Health Club, the Casa de Belleza Beauty Salon and the Casitas leisure pool will be closed beginning Sunday, July 5, through Monday, Oct. 12, for routine refurbishment. During this time, the feature pool and other two leisure pools will be available. A temporary fitness center will also be available for Guests in the convention center with the exception of the following dates: July 26–Aug. 1, Sept. 20–24 and Sept. 28–Oct. 12..

New! Independence Day Activities at Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Recreation Cast Members at both resorts will be celebrating Independence Day with our Guests with funfilled activities including pool parties, contests, arts and crafts and a golf cart parade at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Specialty food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Selfie Sticks No Longer Permitted at Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Like many other venues, Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will no longer permit selfie sticks* effective June 30. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks also will be included in this policy change, effective July 1. When selfie sticks are observed at bag check, a Cast Member at bag check will escort the Guest to Guest Relations. Guest Relations will tag the device and give the Guest a claim ticket to retrieve it upon exiting the park. If a selfie stick is discovered inside the park, Cast Members will explain the policy and escort the Guest to a regional Guest Relations location where the device will be tagged and the same process is followed. There are posted signs and guests are being handled informational pamphlets in the parking lots explaining the new policy.

New! Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discounts Extended: Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are extending the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at domestic sites. The discounts are extended through mid-December. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20. As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition. We expect more news to be coming soon regarding the 2016 Military discount program.

Reminder! Unique Breakfast Offerings Available in Multiple Locations:  You don’t need a reservation for a great Walt Disney World breakfast. Here are some unique quick service offerings:

  • Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone – BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk
    Fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, melted cheddar cheese in a hand-formed maple waffle cone makes this a BoardWalk breakfast not to be missed.
  • Pop-Tarts® Breakfast Sandwich – Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
    Try a fun twist on a childhood favorite with an egg, bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich served on a strawberry Pop-Tart®.
  • Breakfast Flatbread – Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    Who says you can’t have pizza for breakfast? This flatbread is topped with scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, crumbled bacon and cheese.
  • Breakfast Panini – Sunshine Seasons at Epcot
    Get a hearty breakfast before Soarin’ with eggs, bacon, roast pork and cheese on a pressed panini, served with breakfast potatoes.
  • Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich – Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    Get your veggies in early with cauliflower, spinach and paneer cheese served on naan bread.

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Merchandise Events

July 1 – 5: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Le Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

July 2 – 3: Find the latest releases from artist David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

July 2 – 5: Appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot throughout the month is artist Larry Dotson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 as well as August 1 and 2.

New Merchandise

New! Patriotic Merchandise for July 4th: The newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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There is a new Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as a new open edition Minnie Mouse bow decorated in red, white and blue. In terms of apparel, you’ll find new shirts including a tank top and short and long sleeved options. These designs will be similar in both California and Florida with the only differences being the name of the Disney Resort destination. At Heritage Manor Gifts in World Showcase at Epcot, you will find some unique Americana items including shirts and USA Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani in both gold and silver.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Disney Merchandise Updates July 2015

Disney Merchandise Events July 2015

See what’s happening in the world of Disney Merchandise Special Events this month at Walt Disney World Resort!

Now through July 20: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Patriotic Collection, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

July 1 – 5: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Le Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

July 2 – 3: Find the latest releases from artist David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

July 2 – 5: Appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot throughout the month is artist Larry Dotson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 as well as August 1 and 2.

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July 11 – 14: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

July 13 – 18: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings July 13 – 18 and July 27 – August 1 from 1 – 8p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

July 17 – 18: Meet artist Jeremiah Ketner who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8p.m., each day.

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July 23 – 26: Meet artist William Silvers who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities July 30 – August 1 from 12 Noon – 8 p.m., each day, at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park.

New Jamba Juice Opens Near Downtown Disney

Visit Jamba Juice at Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista

**Giveaway Alert: Don’t miss out on the chance to win one of three Jamba Juice gift cards (valid at any Jamba Juice location) below!**

Jamba Juice Grand opening flyerThe newest Jamba Juice location in Orlando just opened in Lake Buena Vista near Downtown Disney. It’s conveniently located in the shopping plaza known as Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista. The entrance to Crossroads is directly opposite Hotel Plaza Boulevard and just off I-4 Exit 68, which makes it an easy stop on your way into Downtown Disney or to the Walt Disney World theme parks or on your way to I-4 if you’re traveling from Disney area to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld or someplace else.

The Crossroads location will hold their official Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, June 27, 2015 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. They’ll be offering complimentary samples of smoothies, juices and bowls, so you definitely don’t want to miss that!

The friendly folks at Jamba Juice were kind enough to invite us to the new store to show us around and give us a preview of the healthy and delicious offerings they’ll be sharing with the Orlando area. Here’s a look at a small sample of what they have to offer:

The Vitamin K packed Wheatgrass shot is said to be great for your hair, nails, and skin. We were told 1 oz of wheatgrass contains the nutrients you’d get in 1 lb of veggies!
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Next up were Classic Smoothies, which are made with non-fat frozen yogurt or sherbet). Top left was Strawberries Wild (Strawberries, Bananas and Apple). Top right was Caribbean Passion (Mango, Strawberry, Peach, Orange and Passion Fruit). These were sweet, creamy and delicious!

Smoothie Samples

Next, we sampled two items from the Freshly Squeezed Juice menu. First, was a new menu item, the Citrus Kick, which is shown on the bottom left in the collage above. It contains orange, apple, pineapple and ginger! After that was Veggie Vitality, which is made of carrot, apple, spinach, kale and chia seeds. Both items were very good and so fresh!

Though they are known for their smoothies and juices, Jamba Juice does offer small food items, like Energy Bowls. Shown below is a sample of the Acai Primo Bowl, which is Acai juice, soymilk, blueberries, strawberries and bananas topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, fresh blueberries, coconut and a drizzle of honey. Yum!

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They also have organic steel-cut oatmeal with your choice of toppings, Small Bistro Sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads, Baked Goods and Breakfast Wraps. We sampled their Sweet Belgian Waffle, which has a hint of vanilla and a slight sugary crunch.

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Giveaway! Visit Jamba Juice!

After reading about all these wonderful menu items, we are sure you’ll want to visit Jamba Juice at Crossroads soon to check them out! To help you do that, we are giving away three $6 gift cards!

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Make sure you head over to Crossroads Jamba Juice soon to check them out!

The address is 12501 SR 535, Orlando, FL 32836, USA. For more information, you can call (321) 395-4912.

Current Hours are

  • Mon – Thurs 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Fri – Sat  7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sun  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(Note: Call or check Facebook to confirm hours before visiting. They are still perfecting the schedule for the new location).

 

Disclaimer: We received free samples for the purpose of this review as well as the gift cards to distribute to our readers in the form of a giveaway. All opinions stated are our own.

Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discounts Extended

Members of the U.S. Military: Enjoy Special Vacation Discounts

Now’s the perfect time to start planning your next trip to a Disney park for later this year.

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Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are extending the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at domestic sites. The discounts are extended through mid-December.

Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20.

As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition. We expect more news to be coming soon regarding the 2016 Military discount program.

 

 

Meals with Character at the Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace wdwJust off of Main Street in Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park you will find all your friends from the 100 Acre Woods. There is Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger!  The Building features a crystal atrium that stands out as a beautiful landmark.  It was designed after England’s Crystal Palace, built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.  Crystal Palace is a buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner prepared fresh in an onstage kitchen.

If you want to have a great start to your Disney day at Magic Kingdom, I recommend an early morning dining reservation at the Crystal Palace.  Imagine walking down a nearly empty Main Street with an unobstructed castle view…perfect for picture taking!  There is a specially marked gate for early park arrivals.

Once you’re seated, you can help yourself to the buffet.  There are two sides but they both have the same offerings.  An omelet station is featured during breakfast.  Menu items change frequently but usually include breakfast pizzas, breakfast lasagna, meats, Mickey waffles, puffed french toast and hash browns.  During lunch, enjoy oven-roasted chicken, salmon, flank steak, salads and tons of side items, including freshly baked breads. Chicken nuggets and other kid-friendly choices are available to please the picky eaters. Dinner hours include fancier menu items like sirloin steak, shrimp and turkey. Desserts are plentiful. Key lime pie, fruit cobbler, coconut flan, brownies, bread pudding and ice cream are scrumptious endings to your meal!

During your meal, the characters will visit your table for autographs and pictures.  They interact in a charming manner that engages guests of all ages.  Every hour or so, there’s a Character parade for the children with singing, napkin waving and a willy, nilly, silly, good time!

Disney & Pigeon Forge Apr-May 2010 010Written 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.

Walt Disney World News Update June 24, 2015

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, Jun 24, 2015

What’s New This Week?

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

Reminder! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!: Due to refurbishment work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5:40 p.m. on June 29, 2015.

Reminder! Splash Mountain Now Open During Extra Magic Hours: Splash Mountain will be open during evening Extra Magic Hours beginning June 13.

Epcot

Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Under Way: Enjoy the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot through July 25. Every night, hear talented tribute bands bring top rock n’ roll hits to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Showtimes for the concert series are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., and on July 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

  • Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – The Ultimate Billy Joel Show – June 21-26
  • Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston – June 27- July 4
  • Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar – July 5-11 NEW!
  • Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees – July 12-18
  • Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – July 19-25

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Change to Queue at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: As part of a test at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 25-26, the queue at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show will not open until 30 minutes prior to the show.

New! Attraction Enhancements and New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride: The Great Movie Ride, which transports Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests through film history, has been updated with some new interior and exterior enhancements thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies. Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside our Chinese Theatre. (Other enhancements inside include new digital movie posters in the queue (watch carefully to see the classic poster images move). A few new clips will be added into the attraction’s finale montage later this summer. Guests will also hear new audio components during the tour from Robert Osbourne, actor and Turner Classic Movies film historian. The enhanced narration will assist attraction tour guides in leading guests from famous scene to famous scene, layering in more fun movie facts.

Great Movie Ride Cement Photo Opp

Reminder! ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Kicks Off Jun 17: Now through Sept 7, Guests will be able to enjoy a full day of “Frozen” fun during this summer-long event. Here are the highlights of what’s new this year:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome – This procession happens twice each day, and this year Olaf is joining the fun. Guests will get to see Anna, Elsa and Kristoff make an appearance on an all-new ice palace float.
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new show located in the Center Stage will bring Olaf and some of his friends together to have fun with Guests “In Summer.”
  • “Frozen Fever” – New this year, Guests will be able to head into the ABC Sound Studio to enjoy special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a peek behind the scenes at the making of the film.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This popular show will move into The Hyperion Theater at the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Guests will experience all-new in-theater effects and special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
  • “Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, Olaf returns to the Center Stage with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff for a grand finale of a firework spectacular.

Frozen Summer Fun 2015

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Creature Comforts Now Open: Walt Disney World Resort Guests looking for their next caffeinated pick-me-up now have a new favorite to go wild for! Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park proudly opened their doors on June 18, 2015, and became the sixth Disney Parks location to serve Starbucks® coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries. This new coffee spot conveniently located on Discovery Island reflects a celebration of animals and embraces the sense of fun that comes from discovering and learning about the world around us. In honor of its cotton-top tamarin neighbors, Creature Comforts donates a portion of the proceeds from every “flat white” latte sold to Cotton-Top Tamarin conservation is Colombia, South America.

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New! Early Entry Test Beginning June 29: Beginning Jun 29, 2015, Guests will be able to enter the Oasis area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom up to 30 minutes prior to the published park opening on most days. During this additional time in the park, Guests can make FastPass+ selections, rent strollers or wheelchairs and receive help from Cast Members to make the most of their day in the park. Attractions, shows and other experiences available within Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be available after the published park opening time, typically 9 a.m. This test will continue for approximately four weeks, except for those days with Extra Magic Hours.

New! Pocahontas New Meeting Location: Pocahontas has made the journey to the Discovery Island Character Landing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she has stepped ashore to meet friends old and new. You can find her there throughout the day. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only place to meet Pocahontas at Walt Disney World Resort, and the park is also the exclusive home to several other popular characters who can’t be found anywhere else. During your next visit, look for Tarzan, Rafiki from “The Lion King,” Dug and Russell from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” and Baloo and Louie from “The Jungle Book.”

Reminder! Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Harambe Market Now Open: Guests now have even more flavors to savor at Zuri’s Sweets Shop. As the latest addition to Harambe Market, Zuri’s Sweets Shop is an extension of Mombasa Marketplace and is sure to become a must-stop shopping location for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Guests. This traditional candy counter with an African twist features 80 exclusive food items inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Guests can buy assorted bulk trail mixes, bottles of the signature sweet and spicy sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue, themed sweets from “The Lion King,” and much more. In addition to flavorful treats, Zuri’s Sweets Shop also includes items for the home, such as decorative “Blessing
Baskets,” which are beautiful, handcrafted baskets created by artisans from Africa.

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! New Spa Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Pamper yourself with new hand and foot treatments at the Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center, located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Manicure (45 minutes) – $35. Pedicure (50 minutes) – $55, Polish Change (15 minutes) – $12.

New! Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Event July 3 and 4: Celebrate Independence Day at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Guest event. Festivities will be held at the Riverside Courtyard on July 3 and 4 with a poolside barbecue taking place from noon-5 p.m., followed by games, crafts, live entertainment and character meet and greets from 5-8:30 p.m. Specialty Food & Beverage and Merchandise offerings will also be available for purchase.

New! Disney Junior Pool Parties at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: Pool season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort, and now there’s something to make a day by the water even more fun for little ones. Earlier this month, Disney Jr. Pool Parties began daily at all hotels across property. The interactive 22-minute Disney Jr. Pool Parties feature music and activities from some of kids’ favorite shows like “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and of course, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Sing-a-longs and games like “Sofia Says” are tailored to our youngest guests so they can stay excited and engaged.

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Reminder! Direct Transportation Test for Guests at Select Resorts: From June 14-30, select Guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort have been asked to participate in a pilot dining test that will provide direct transportation to other resort hotel signature restaurants including: Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. As part of the test, Guests will receive complimentary round-trip taxi vouchers that will be delivered to their rooms upon arrival. By doing this, we hope to better understand Guest interest in resort-to-resort dining.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Starbucks Summer Promotions Begin July 7: Beginning July 7, Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, Fountain View at Epcot, Trolley Car Cafe at Disney Hollywood Studios, and Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will offer a variety of new items as part of the Starbucks Summer Promotions.

Reminder! “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: As part of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, a new summertime dance party is surfing into Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. From May 22 through July 5, Guests can join in the “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party daily (weather permitting) at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Surf Pool Beach. Guests can join “bikers” Rev and Kicks and “surfers” Bingo and Sunny as they dance and play beach-themed games while DJ “Amp” spins remixes of retro tunes. “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party is inspired by the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach 2,” set to premiere this summer.

Merchandise Events

June 24 – 27: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

June 26 – 27: Meet artist Kristin Tercek from 5 – 8 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

Quick Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are going quickly and are in limited supply. Don’t miss out! Find out all the details and get a peek inside the merchandise catalog for the event. Learn more.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Universal Studios Flaming Moe Drink

Try the Flaming Moe Drink at Moe’s Tavern in Springfield

Step right into Springfield, the home of The Simpsons at Universal Studios Orlando. Within Springfield, you’ll find many of the famous sites from the popular TV Show including  Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, The Frying Dutchman, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza, Lard Lad Donuts, Duff Gardens, and Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck!

Fans of The Simpsons will definitely want to stop into Moe’s Tavern for a Duff Beer or the very popular Flaming Moe Drink!

The Flaming Moe drink is a tasty treat for adults and kids.  Yes, it is non-alcoholic. so even the kids can try it!  The flavor may remind you of Tang or orange soda!