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.

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


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.

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

Jun 14

10 Father’s Day Activity Ideas at the Walt Disney World Resort

disney dad

1. Wild Africa Trek

This VIP African expedition is just right for the dad with an adventurous spirit, and there’s no passport required. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom dad can explore exotic African wildlife in their natural habitat on a privately guided journey through a savannah. Wild Africa Trek also invites trekkers to a serene, savannah-view overlook while enjoying African-inspired food and beverage. Wild Africa Trek is $189 to $249 per person, plus tax (prices subject to change). Please note this tour requires a separate admission ticket to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

2. Guided Fishing Excursion

Whether a seasoned sportsman or an amateur angler, there’s nothing more relaxing than fishing at sunrise on Bay Lake with spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom. Dads can reel in the fun with an unforgettable two- or four-hour, catch-and-release fishing trip that includes a private guide and all the fishing supplies. Call 407-939-2277.

3. World-Class Spas Aren’t Just for Mom

To soothe and unwind after a day at the theme parks, treat dad to some spaaaaaaaah time. With two newly re-imagined full-service spas, dad can rejuvenate and recharge with a variety of treatments including sports massage, reflexology, custom firm, or a Swedish massage. Call 407-939-7727.

4. Golfing Galore

An active dad is a happy dad. While the family enjoys the theme parks, dad can hit the links with three 18-hole championship courses, or a 9-hole walking course. There’s even Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf with one course that resembles a traditional golf course but built on a miniature scale. This challenging skills course offers sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens.

5. Richard Petty Driving Experience

Does dad feel the need for speed? Does he dream about driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini? At Richard Petty Driving Experience he can get a dose of adrenaline behind the wheel of an exotic sports car, or a real NASCAR race car at Walt Disney World Speedway. Cheer along dad while he lives out his dream of being a NASCAR driver on this mile-long, tri-oval racetrack. Call 407-WDW-PLAY.

6. Food Lover’s Paradise

With hundreds of eateries at Disney there’s everything from casual to gourmet to satisfy dad’s appetite. From fresh seasonal dishes at California Grill and first-rate oak-fired beef at Yachtsman Steakhouse, to a nostalgic meal in a 50s-style drive-in at Sci-Fi Dine In, the sky is the limit. And if dad is a foodie, there’s a culinary extravaganza featuring celebrity chefs, wine tasting, craft beers and savory samplings during the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept. 19-Nov. 10, 2014.

7. ESPN Club

Dad doesn’t have to miss watching his favorite team or that big playoff game while on vacation. ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is the ultimate sports bar featuring 100 big screens, interactive games, dozens of beers, plus nachos, fries and ESPN Wings.

8. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Head to the ballpark with dear dad and catch the Atlanta Braves during a spring training game. Or, hit the pitch to watch the Orlando City Soccer Club take on its USL-PRO rivals. The Lions head to the MLS in 2015. This 220-acre complex – a place for both pro and amateur athletics — features more than 170 annual events.

9. Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Take dad out to a night of good old fashioned bowling in a retro, vintage-style venue at Downtown Disney. This trendy, two-level location features 30 lanes, plus live entertainment, a balcony bar, and a variety of dining options with all dads favorites like filet sliders, pizza and even sushi.

10. Sosa Cigars

This fifth generation premium cigar store showcases the art of hand-rolling cigars. An authentic, solid cedar humidor room keeps the stogies fresh for a primo smoking experience. Treat dad to more than 80 brands of cigars including Auturo Fuente, Padron, Imerio Cubano, and Guente Guente Opus XE.

What would you do for Father’s Day at Disney?

Mar 14

2014 Orlando City Soccer Club Regular Season Schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney

Orlando City Soccer Club at Disney

Orlando City Soccer Club will play its regular-season home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this season. To enhance the experience for spectators, additional stadium seating is planned to surround all four sides of the main soccer field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, bringing seating to approximately 5,200.

This will be the Lions’ final United Soccer League (USL) season before becoming the 21st Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in 2015.

Below is the Lions’ 2014 regular-season home schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

Saturday, March 29 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh
Saturday, April 5 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Rochester
Saturday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
Sunday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. OKC
Wednesday, May 21 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
Saturday, May 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Impact Reserves
Wednesday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Orange County
Saturday, June 28 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy II
Saturday, July 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Wilmington
Saturday, August 2 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
Saturday, August 16 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Harrisburg
Sunday, August 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Dayton
Saturday, September 6 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Richmond