Feb 15

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Event Schedule for Raglan Road at Downtown Disney

St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Award-winning Irish and American bands and quick-stepping Irish dancers will showcase their Irish roots during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney March 13-17. The most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Central Florida also will feature inventive cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, host of the TASTE Award-winning PBS and Create TV cooking show, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food.”

Raglan Road guests ready to “get their green on” can participate in festivities that run from 4 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. March 13 and from noon until 1:30 a.m. March 14-17, including complimentary face painting for guests, and live music. The diverse band lineup headed by Scythian — playing gypsy-infused American Celtic tunes — offers something for everyone:

  • Reel Ó Gránde, the newest Raglan Road house band playing traditional Irish ballads, jigs and reels and modern Irish and country music.
  • The West Coast Trio from Connemara, playing traditional and contemporary Irish songs on accordion, flute and guitar with plenty of reels and jigs.
  • 3 Dollar Band, three extraordinary musicians inspired by Irish and Appalachian music.
  • The Brayzen Heads, a popular duo on guitar and banjo playing Raglan Road regularly.
  • Drops of Green, an exciting new ballad group from the heart of Ireland.
    The Raglan Road Dancers, seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily

Jan 15

Why the B Resort and Spa Orlando is the Perfect Hotel for Your Next runDisney Half Marathon

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

runDisney Racecations can be both exilerating and exhausting. Earlier this month I participated in the runDisney Dopey Challenge. Four races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Full Marathon) run over four consecutive days with four consecutive 3:30 am wake-up calls. These events don’t leave much time for park touring. I knew that I would need a comfortable place to sleep and I wasn’t too concerned with staying in a Disney owned and operated hotel that came with extra magic hour perks since I really wasn’t going to be partaking in extra park time. I was there to run. The fun would come after I crossed the finish line of my fourth and final race.

I had also had the bright idea of volunteering at the runDisney race expo the Thursday before all of this running was about to take place. Sometimes my bright ideas get dimmer as D Day approaches. Standing on my feet for a seven hour volunteer shift might not have been the best idea before running 48.6 miles, but hey…I was giving back to this community I so adore.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

So for the first two nights of my Dopey Challenge racecation I stayed at the all new B Resort and Spa Lake Buena Vista.

The resort is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard adjacent to Downtown Disney and inside the gates of Walt Disney World Resort.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

These mattresses were seriously in my top five of “comfortable beds” at a resort. No lie. The resort has it’s own signature bedding called Blissful Bed. This is the number one thing that mattered to me during my racecation. I needed what little sleep I was going to get to be restful sleep. It’s hard to get good sleep when you’re away from home. This bed was as close to my plush, comfy king mattress at home as you could get.

Also…how can you not love Jelly Bellys on your pillow at night?

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The room had a 47″ flat screen TV, clock radio with bluetooth capabilities, mini-fridge, safe, and a B Treated Box full of goodies all at $5 each.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The bathroom was amazing! My room had a hairdryer and was fully stocked with AVEDA products.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

That little stuffed frog is placed in every room and is available for purchase. It’s the resort mascot and a percentage of the proceeds from all sales go to the Florida Wildlife Foundation. Rooms are also stocked with recycle bins and the bathrooms are outfitted with water conserving toilets and showers.

This plush velvet couch converted into a bed so you could comfortably sleep five adults in a room.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

…and check out the view. I could see Downtown Disney and was able to watch Wishes Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom after I returned from my volunteer shift at the race expo.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

If you chose to book your next runDisney Racecation at B Resort & Spa you can enjoy:

  • Complementary shuttles to Walt Disney World theme parks
  • Zero entry heated pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Courtesy loaner iPads
  • Valet and self-parking options
  • B Active Fitness Center
  • B Indulged AVEDA full service spa (See a review here)
  • Executive Business Center
  • Within walking distance to Downtown Disney Marketplace

I was also really impressed with the Monscierge digital touch screen concierge and destination guides that were located in the hotel lobby. You could send a postcard back home and even check in to your return flight via the touch screens. Your boarding pass would print out right at the hotel front desk for easy pickup.

B Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World

The resort’s restaurant is called American Q and I was so bummed not to have been able to try their BBQ while staying there. How cool is that cherry red 1951 Ford F1 flatbed pickup truck? It houses the all-you-can-eat buffet. When you’re run’gry the buffet is the way to go!

B Resort and Spa is approximately 17 miles from Orlando International Airport. A taxi will run you around $46 each way or you can take a shuttle for $34 round trip. Rates start at around $104 a night.

Seen enough and ready to book? Here are the hotel details.

B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

I was hosted as a guest of the B Resort for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Dec 14

New Steakhouse Coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando

STK Orlando Walt Disney World

STK is coming to Walt Disney World!

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., known for developing upscale, high-energy restaurants, recently announced plans to open a STK in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. STK Orlando is expected to open within the waterfront setting of The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015, with the full completion of Disney Springs expected in 2016.

STK’s unique ambiance blends the elements of a modern steakhouse with a sleek lounge, including a DJ, emphasizing a social, fun environment.  At approximately 14,000 square feet, the Orlando outpost will be one of the largest STK locations. STK Orlando will have two dining floors—including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.

Nov 14

Concept Art for a New Waterfront Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort

the boathouse restaurant downtown disney

Opening Spring 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing at Disney Springs – a re-imagined and exciting district of entertainment, dining and shopping –The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. (Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)

Sep 14

A Preview of What the Disney Springs Parking Garage and New I4 Flyover Will Look Like at Downtown Disney

Disney Springs RenderingsThe 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. Seen in this rendering, part of the expansion includes widening Lake Buena Vista Drive, constructing two multilevel parking garages and two pedestrian bridges and creating a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs. 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).