Dec 12

Downtown Disney Splitsville Bowling Alley Facts Frame-by-Frame

Splitsville Rendering Downtown disney

  1.  Opening: Early December, 2012 in Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort.
  2. Square Footage: 50,000. Largest Splitsville ever built.
  3. Number of lanes: 30. Nearly twice as many as any other Splitsville.
  4. Lane configuration: 20 lanes second-level, 10 ground-level. First two-level Splitsville of its kind.
  5. Number of bars: Five, featuring the famous Splitsville frozen schooner of beer, specialty cocktails and a wide selection of frozen specialty drinks.
  6. Featured menu items: Hand-cut steaks, mahi mahi with Voodoo shrimp, fresh-rolled sushi, filet sliders, hand-tossed pizza and classic hamburgers made with Splitsville’s special blend of certified angus brisket, short rib and ground chuck.
  7. Number of sushi bars: Two – one on each level where customers can watch chefs roll their hand-made creations and belly-up for a Volcano Roll, Super Tuna or any of the fresh selections.
  8. Other unique features: Lane concierge responsible for delivering shoes and bowling balls to your lanes prior to your arrival; outdoor patio dining on both floors; billiards tables; live music seven nights a week; more than 60 flat screen TVs.
  9. First location: Tampa, Fla. (opened December 2003)
  10. Other Splitsville locations: Tampa; Miami; Fairview, Texas and Fredericksburg, Va.

Nov 12

Hilton Bonnet Creek Offers Up Christmas Dinner to Disney Guests

hilton bonnet creek disneyGuests of the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World Resort have a few options for their home-away-from-home Christmas Dinner next month.

My favorite Hilton will be dolling out holiday fare at both La Luce and Harvest Bistro.  A special a la carte holiday menu will be available at La Luce by Donna Scala. Harvest Bistro is featuring a special buffet complete with traditional holiday fixings and a delightful dessert buffet. Adults $39 Children 12 & Under $19. Reservations are required.

Here’s a preview of the Christmas Dinner menu at Harvest Bistro:


Spiced Butternut Squash
Leek & Potato Soup

Charcuterie, Cheese, Fruit & Salad

Fresh Fruit Tray
Mediterranean Cured Meat & Cheese Display
California Pasta Salad with Fresh Vegetables, Sweet Corn & Bell Pepper Salad
Variety of Mixed Garden Greens
Floridian Potato Salad
Sliced Tomatoes & Red Onions with Basil & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ice Bar

Shrimp Poached in Lemon, Fennel, White Wine Broth & Chilled


Honey Baked Ham with Whole Grain Mustard
Roasted Turkey with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Onion & Sage Stuffing

Entrée & Sides

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Penne Pasta, Spinach Cashew Nut Pesto, Shaved Parmesan
Grilled Swordfish on Sautéed Bokchoy with Chive & Lime Butter
Orange & Honey Glazed Carrots
Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic & Lime Roasted New Potatoes
Sautéed Beans with Roasted Red Peppers
Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Fabulous Dessert

Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding,
Cookies, Bailey Irish Cream Pudding, Jello,
Carrot Cake, Eggnog Parfait, & Cheesecake

Kids Corner

Dino Nuggets, Garden Salad, Mac & Cheese

You don’t have to be staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek to indulge in Christmas Dinner there. For reservations at Harvest Bistro call 407-597-3670.  For La Luce Reservations call 407-597-3675.  The Hilton Bonnet Creek is located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane  Orlando, FL 32821 and is within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort. For more info visit http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/ or phone 407-597-3600.

Nov 12

Dates for the 2013 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

20th epcot flower and garden festival 2013

The Fab Five are having a party, and everyone’s invited to join the fun during the 20thEpcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.  Colorful, whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck will welcome topiary Daisy to their Epcot front-entrance celebratory barbecue.  The 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.

And that’s just the festival opener.  New topiaries, gardens, children’s play areas and interactive gardening seminars will set the stage for 75 days of festival fun as Disney’s horticulture team revs up for its 20th year of beautiful blooms and creative whimsy.

For the first year ever, Mike and Sully from Disney/Pixar “Monsters Inc.” will join the festivities with their Disney/Pixar “Monsters University” topiary on the walkway from Future World to the park’s World Showcase.  A new Disney/Pixar “Cars” playground– Radiator Springs–brings favorite movie characters to life in topiary on the Test Track Walkway.  And 2013′s Fawn’s Butterfly House flits to life with hundreds of butterflies and eight fairy topiaries including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence.

The opening weekend Flower Power Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre will present fan favorite Micky Dolenz (“I’m a Believer”) March 8-10.  Other pop acts set to perform include Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Guess Who, Paul Revere & The Raiders and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.

More than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape.  Daily hands-on gardening seminars, HGTV celebrity presentations, and other Festival Center events will offer innovative ideas, design tips and gardening know-how to park guests.

Nov 12

Christmas Numbers Revealed at Walt Disney World

disney cast member christmas treeMiles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season.  Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:

  • 1,300 decorated trees throughout property
  • A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side
  • 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations
  • 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property
  • 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • 98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED, 2 percent is compact florescent
  • 11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase
  • More than 800 performers each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot
  • One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights
  • 6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:
    • One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating
    • One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters
    • 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom
    • 365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace
  • Our newest ship, Disney’s Fantasy has 931′ garland, 66 sprays, 27 wreaths, 38 trees ranging from 2′ to 20′ and more than 17,000 individual LED lights — 11,000 of which adorn the 20′ lobby tree. The tree has a variety of custom ornaments made from existing elements such as Peacocks and ornate crystal shapes.

Nov 12

Personal Video from Sean Astin Encouraging Walt Disney World Marathon Runners