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18
Oct 12

Disney Announces Limited Time Magic – Have You Heard of It?

Limited Time Magic Cinderella Castle Ice Sculpture Times square new york

Guests will find an extra sprinkle of pixie dust each week when they visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts next year, Disney officials announced today.

While 2013 is already a momentous year for Disney Parks – with New Fantasyland as the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history at Walt Disney World Resort and the first full year of a reimagined Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort – Disney today unveiled Limited Time Magic: 52 weeks of magical experiences big and small that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts.

Imagine an Independence Day celebration – only it lasts an entire week….Main Street mainstays the Dapper Dans rocking out with boy band hits in barbershop style….a Friday the 13th dance party with Disney villains that lasts to the 13th hour….a Valentine’s Day in 2013 that becomes Valentine’s Week with Disney castles blushing pink, surprise meet-and-greets with Disney princes and princesses, and candlelit dinners for couples in love.

These and many more special experiences to surprise and delight Disney Parks guests will roll out each week in 2013. Unique, magical, memory-filled – and each for a limited time only.

Disney officials noted that Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

As part of today’s announcement, Disney Parks illustrated the whimsical and short-lived nature of Limited Time Magic by unveiling a glistening, three-story fairytale castle in the heart of Times Square.  Made of 45,000 pounds of ice, the castle was available only for a limited time, thanks to Mother Nature and warming autumn temperatures.

Limited Time Magic Ice Sculpture Times square new york Disney

Here’s a sampling of Limited Time Magic in store for guests in 2013 — for a limited time only:

  • True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Guests can celebrate their Valentine as Magic Kingdom and Disneyland turn up the romance, complete with their iconic castles bathed in hues of red and pink. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine collectibles will be offered for the week.
  • Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
  • During “Long Lost Friends Week,” lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight with meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests will even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
  • Pirate Week:  Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Disneyland and Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
  • Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
  • Unleash the Villains: A Friday the 13th in 2013 is a special day, so Disneyland and Disney Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Jafar and other Disney villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and nighttime mischief on Sept. 13.
  • Golden Horseshoe Revue: The fabled Frontierland show returns to Disneyland for one month only, bringing back the corny jokes and enduring songs that were often enjoyed by Walt Disney himself.

Disney dream makers are crafting more surprises and magical offers that will be rolled out weekly during the magical year. The experience of the week will be announced in a variety of ways including in-park, Disneyworld.com, Disneyland.com, Facebook, Twitter, the Disney Parks Blog – adding to the element of surprise.


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Oct 12

Meacham’s Trailer Rental Brings the Party to You at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

If you’ve thought about a vacation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground but you don’t have access to a travel trailer or you don’t want to shell out $300 a night for one of the cabins then you might really like what Meacham’s has to offer.

This family owned and operated business has a fleet of well maintained luxury travel trailers that you can use on your next Walt Disney World vacation…and the best part…they deliver the RV to you! That’s right, simply take the Magical Express or your rental car to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Meacham will meet you there, travel trailer in tow, and set everything up for you right at your campsite!

This weekend I met up with the owners of the rental business at Fort Wilderness to take a tour of one of the larger models.  The unit was set up with power and water lines already run as well as the awning and all “porch” comforts arranged outside.  The chairs and rug come standard with the unit.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

As you can see the slide out had already been set up.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

We’re getting close to Halloween and I just loved the holiday touches made to the unit!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

The inside of the RV was immaculate and even though it was a little warm outside, the inside of the travel trailer was nice and cool thanks to the ducted central AC.

This trailer was outfitted with a queen bed, two bunk beds, a pull out sofa and a pull down dinette bed.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

The cable TV and DVD player will also be set up for you.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

You’ve got a full kitchen setup with microwave, oven, stove top, sink, fridge, freezer and coffee maker. You’re even supplied with coffee (Folgers…not that Nestle stuff you get in a regular WDW resort) and all necessary dishes, glasses, cooking and cleaning supplies including dish soap, trash bags, paper towels and a 4-pack of RV toilet paper.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Here’s the rear bunk bed setup. The bottom bunk is slightly larger than the top and might even accommodate two smaller children.  To the right of the bunk beds is hanging closet space.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Situated in between the dual bunks and the kitchen is a full bathroom complete with shower, tub, sink and toilet.  Of course, there’s always a comfort station within walking distance in every loop at the Ft. Wilderness Resort should you need access to it when traveling with larger parties.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Meacham’s offers a seven-night Fort Wilderness package for this trailer for $900. When you factor in the additional price of the campsite lot rental, that works out to about $200 total per night during value season…a $100 savings per night over a Fort Wilderness Cabin! You can even add on the option of a golf cart for $180. A 7-day golf cart rental from Disney will run you over $440! If you’ve ever stayed at the campgrounds you know how essential a golf cart can be when navigating the resort property. Bikes? They’ve got those too!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

As I mentioned before, this is a family owned and operated business.  Andrew and Carrie Meacham have been doing this for over four years now and told me that they had several of their units in use at the campgrounds on the day I visited. And…not only are they they the owners, but they are also clients and I loved to hear they they were big Disney fans too!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Don’t need a camper this big? No worries, Meacham’s has medium and smaller hybrid campers as well.  For more information on Meacham’s Trailer Rentals and the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Package visit them online at TravelTrailerRent.com or call (941) 224-4939 and be sure and tell them I sent ya! Happy camping!!!

This post brought to you by Meacham’s RV of Myakka City, Florida


13
Oct 12

2012 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic in Pictures

2012 wdw swan and dolphin food and wine classicLast night was a whirlwind of food, wine, beer, cocktails, music and friends at the opening night of the 2012 WDW Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic! Is there any other way to spend a fall Friday evening in Orlando?  And as luck would have it, the resort property is doing it all over again just for you!  From 5:30 – 9:00pm tonight the promenade between the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts will be transformed into the 3rd annual Food and Wine Classic and you’re invited!

This year the event is offering seven educational seminars which you can add on to your promenade experience for $42.40. My husband and I went to “Wine Blending” last year and this year were able to sit in on “Modern Mixology”.

Modern Mixology swan and dolphin food and wine classic

Our hosts for the Mixology class were Lindsay Skillman (B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier/General Manager of Cabana Bar & Beach Club) and Aaron Simmons (Assistant General Manager of Shula’s in the WDW Dolphin).

Modern Mixology swan and dolphin food and wine classic lindsay skillman aaron simmons

We learned all about infusions, foams, torching and even got in on some liquid nitrogen action! Molecular caramel corn anyone?

Modern Mixology swan and dolphin food and wine classic caramel corn

We also had some darn tasty strawberry infused tequila cocktails!

Modern Mixology swan and dolphin food and wine classic

After the Mixology course ended we made our way out onto the promenade to explore all the food and beverage options the event had to offer. There are two pricing plans this year. You can go a la carte and purchase tickets for $2 each. Individual offerings range from two to four tickets per item.  The better option is the causeway wristband which is $80 inclusive per person. This option gets you unlimited samplings of everything offered at the event.

My favorite sampling of the night was the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Slider with Iceberg lettuce and Old Bay Aioli on a Sesame Roll from the Garden Grove at the Swan.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Slider with Iceberg lettuce and Old Bay Aioli on a Sesame Roll.

The chefs manning the booths were amazing and added to the energy of the event.

disney swan and dolphin food and wine classic

And of course I couldn’t NOT stuff my face with the Dragon Roll from Kimono’s in the Swan… (so flattering!)

swan and dolphin food and wine classic disney

Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing was on hand and turned me on to a new beer that I absolutely LOVED Tocobaga Red Ale. This was served alongside fan favorites Jai Alai IPA and their Maduro Brown Ale.  Another treat was the Terrapin Hopsecutioner. There were much more beer samplings this year! Yes…we turned our wine glasses into elegant beer chalices.

disney swan dolphin food wine classic

Loved eating the fried pickles from Cib’s Smoke Shop alongside their Texas Style Beef Brisket.

fried pickles from Cib's Smoke Shop

Check out the amazing sugar sculpture from the Pastries and Desserts booth!

disney swan dolphin food wine classic sugar sculpture

We ended the evening meeting celebrity chef Todd English. Todd is the genius behind bluezoo in the Dolphin.

chef todd english amanda tinney disney swan dolphin food wine classic

The Food and Wine Classic was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Although we did wait in a few lines, there were several booths that we could just walk up to and grab and go, especially as the evening came to a close.  Everyone in my party felt satisfied after the three and a half hours of eating, drinking and mingling. This is definitely an event not to be missed!

Head on out to the last day of the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic tonight!  For more info visit SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com

Special thanks to the Swan and Dolphin for providing me and my guest with complementary admission to the seminar and event. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


11
Oct 12

Another Teaser Photo from Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland

Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid

Located in Magic Kingdom, Prince Eric’s Castle is home to Ariel and her friends in Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. This new attraction will take guests through beautifully rendered scenes featuring classic songs from the popular animated feature film. The attraction is part of New Fantasyland which will hold its Grand Opening on December 6th, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Want to see what it looks like behind the wall now? Continue reading A Look Behind the Fantasyland Wall – Enchanted Tales with Belle Soft Opening


11
Oct 12

Favorite Disney Characters Get New Costumes at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in New Fantasyland

Pete’s Silly Sideshow new fantasyland

Set in one of the tents in Storybook Circus, Pete’s Silly Sideshow character greeting shines the spotlight on Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortune teller), The Great Goofini (Goofy as a stunt pilot) and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer). Storybook Circus is part of the expansion project which nearly doubles the size of Fantasyland, a multiyear project set to open December 6th, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Pete’s Silly Sideshow new fantasyland Minnie Magnifique Mouse

Pete’s Silly Sideshow new fantasyland The great Goofini

Pete’s Silly Sideshow new fantasyland The astounding donaldo

Pete’s Silly Sideshow new fantasyland madame daisy fortuna

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