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Oct 14

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to Get a $125 Million Face Lift

swan and dolphin resort at walt disney world

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its 25 year history. The hotel has launched a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project that will transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.

The transformation will occur without disruption to the guest experience as the majority of guest rooms will be available throughout the process. The hotel’s public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, pools and recreational areas will not be impacted and remain fully operational throughout the renovation.

The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.

The guest room features upgraded furniture and all of the latest technology including large HD TVs. Additional power outlets provide corporate executives and family travelers more options for use of multiple personal electronics.

Blending an artistic combination of whites, blues and grays, the design creates a tasteful ambiance that appeals to adults while abstract artwork playfully delights children as well.

The centerpiece of the room is the famous Westin Heavenly Bed with its all-white custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, cozy down blanket, a trio of crisp sheets, goose down comforter and four over-stuffed pillows.

The design continues into a completely new bathroom, featuring a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.

The project started at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2015 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.


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Oct 14

Looking for New Years Eve Dining Options at the Walt Disney World Resort?

New Years Eve at Walt Disney World

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can ring in the new year with special holiday meals at more than a dozen spots within the theme parks and resorts.

At Epcot World Showcase, Biergarten Restaurant in Germany is offering both lunch and dinner celebrations; La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is offering a New Year’s Eve dinner; Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada has three seatings, and Monsieur Paul in France starts celebrating at 11:45 a.m. with seatings throughout the day and evening.  The World ShowPlace pavilion also will host a custom dinner package.

In the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland Terrace will feature a New Year’s Eve fireworks dessert party twice nightly on December 30-31. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will host a special holiday dinner buffet.

In the resorts, special dining for ringing in the New Year is planned at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk; Victoria & Albert’s and Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; The Wave…of American Flavors and California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (lunch and dinner).

For information and reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.


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Aug 14

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort to Host Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN at Walt Disney World Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort will host a Fantasy Football Convention at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, August 22-23. The weekend will feature a live telecast of ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now (Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2), a question-and-answer session with ESPN commentators sponsored by Champion and a fantasy football draft where fans can interact with and seek advice from the network’s experts.

Other events include ESPN: The Tailgate sponsored by Johnsonville Brats, Disney chefs competing in the ESPN Chili Bowl, and a training table breakfast with Disney characters.

The Fantasy Football Now team of host Robert Flores, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, injury expert Stephania Bell and Sara Walsh will participate in the weekend festivities along with NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, analyst Mark Schlereth and Insider KC Joyner.

NFL Live host Trey Wingo will also participate in the event. He and Schlereth will judge the Chili Bowl, joined by former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James.

To register for the event and for information on event packages, fans can visit: espn.com/fantasy. Florida-based fans are offered a special $99 registration rate.


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Jul 14

2014 Night of Joy Dates and Schedule of Performances at the Walt Disney World Resort

Night of Joy in the Magic Kingdom

This year will mark the 32nd year for Disney’s Night of Joy, where the best in Contemporary Christian music meets the excitement of the Magic Kingdom. From contemporary hits to hard-hitting, high-energy rock, there’s something for every kind of music fan September 5th and 6th at the Walt Disney World Resort.

This year’s lineup showcases a stage-load of talent on each night.

Friday, September 5th

Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, for KING & COUNTRY, Mandisa, Building 429, Matt Maher, The Neverclaim

Saturday, Sepember, 6th

Skillet, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Rhett Walker, We As Human, 1 Girl Nation

Pricing

Single-night tickets are $59 plus tax in advance and $69 plus tax on the days of the show. There is also a two-night ticket option, which is $108 for both nights and includes a 1-day admission to one of Disney’s two water parks or DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park if purchased no later than August 5th.

Tickets are subject to availability and entertainment is subject to change without notice. Night of Joy admission is a special ticket event and is not included in any other form of ticket media. Tickets are valid during specific event hours only. To purchase tickets, or for more information about the event and the benefits of coming as a group, check out NightofJoy.com or call 407-W-DISNEY.


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Jul 14

Do You Know About the “Other” Royal Tea Experience at the Walt Disney World Resort?

The "Other" Royal Tea Experience at the Walt Disney World Resort - DisneyEveryDay.com

Sure we all know that you can experience afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room. But getting in can be difficult. The hostesses usually look at me as if I have a third eye when I try and get a walk-up reservation for tea there.

Did you know there is another place inside the gates of Walt Disney World where you can experience afternoon tea? And it’s just as luxurious, if not more, than tea at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

That “other” place is the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort. And Royal Tea is served inside Peacock Alley on Sundays from 3-5pm.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando - Peacock Alley Royal Tea - DisneyEveryDay.com

Reservations are recommended here but are not required.  The tea setup is very similar to the Grand Floridian tea and has comparable offerings.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando Royal Tea - DisneyEveryDay.com

Tea sandwiches and pastries abound and you can add on a glass of champagne to make it a “Grand Tea”.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando Royal Tea - DisneyEveryDay.com

See my complete review of this unique experience over on my other site “Where’s Amanda?”. – Review of Our Royal Tea Experience at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando