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22
Oct 12

Celebrity Narrator Schedule for the 2012 Epcot Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World

geena davis disney epcot candlelight processionalHollywood sensation Geena Davis headlines a list of a dozen celebrities scheduled to host one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World Resort — Candlelight Processional. This joyous retelling of the Christmas story is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. Candlelight Processional takes place at World Showcase in America Gardens Theatre at Epcot from November 23 – December 30, 2012 with three performances nightly: 5:00, 6:45 & 8:15 p.m.

Narrators scheduled to appear (subject to change):

  • Nov. 23 – 25               Geena Davis
  • Nov. 26 – 29               Neil Patrick Harris
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 1       Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 2 – 4                     Andy Garcia
  • Dec. 5 – 7                     Blair Underwood
  • Dec. 8 & 9                   James Denton
  • Dec. 10 – 13                Jodi Benson
  • Dec. 14 -16                 Lea Salonga
  • Dec. 17 – 19                TBA
  • Dec. 20 – 22              Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 23 – 25              Gary Sinise
  • Dec. 26 – 28              Amy Grant
  • Dec. 29 – 30             Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason

Candlelight Dinner packages are available at select restaurants by calling 407-WDW DINE. 407/939-3463. Packages are available on select nights and include dinner, a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Availability is limited.


19
Oct 12

Guided Video Tour of the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course


18
Oct 12

The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando: An Exquisite Experience

the ritz carlton spa orlando grande lakes

It had been 13 years since my last trip to the spa. A couples massage on a Carnival Cruise Line ship out of Miami…on my honeymoon. Needless to say, I was due for some pampering and what better place to do just that than the Ritz-Carlton Spa at Orlando Grand Lakes.

ritz carlton spa grande lakes orlando

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Grande Lakes is the largest spa in Central Florida.  The spa itself is secluded and surrounded by lush gardens, a peaceful lake and Spanish-Moorish architecture.  It’s easily accessible when staying at either the Ritz-Carlton or JW Marriott and just a short drive from the Walt Disney World Resort.

ritz carlton spa orlando grande lakes

This, my friends, is 40,000 square feet of utopia!

ritz carlton spa grande lakes orlando

ritz carlton spa orlando grande lakes

On the agenda that day… an 80-minute East Indian Lime Scalp and Body Massage ($199).  I checked in at 2pm, slipped into my robe and was greeted by Dayana Elasmar…my massage therapist.  The treatment was eighty minutes of pure bliss as Dayana used a special recipe of warmed lime blossom and ginger oil to massage my scalp, neck, arms, hands, back, legs and feet. I told her that I was a runner and she tailored my treatment to target specific areas that runners need special attention to. The lights were dim, the aroma of the oil relaxing and it was almost as if the massage was a choreographed ballet set to the background music as I drifted off into a tranquil state of being.

As my session came to an end I had the realization that I’d let too much time pass since my last spa experience and I can’t wait to come back to the Ritz-Carlton Spa again.

Ritz_Orlando_spa lap pool

Thinking of a trip to the Ritz-Carlton Spa?  Here are some features…

The Ritz-Carlton Spa features:

  • 40 treatment rooms
  • 4,000-square-foot private lap pool
  • Outdoor Rooftop Eco-Space with herb garden and Scrub Bar
  • Spa Citrus Consultant
  • Sauna, steam, massage and facials
  • First Carita Institute and Salon in Florida
  • 6,000-square-foot Wellness Center
  • Classes on Yoga, Indoor Power Cycle, To The Core Abs, Zumba, Broadway Cardio and Street Jazz
  • “Tranquility” Spa Boutique
  • Ritz Kids and Teen Spa Adventures Menu
  • Spa Café Vitale

The spa also has an amazing 70 minute Eco Rooftop Hammock Experience ($230). This journey takes you to a private green rooftop sanctuary. Enjoying the tranquil beauty and peaceful sounds of nature as the benefits of “zero gravity” and massage come together. This fully clothed treatment uses cranial sacral, reflexology and shiatsu massage where the therapist lies on their back working you with their feet under the hammock, while the hammock moves in a rhythmic, rocking motion.

eco hammock massage ritz carlton grande lakes spa

Spa hours are Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm and Friday & Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm.  For spa reservations please call 407-393-4200 and for more information including frequently asked questions and the full spa menu visit The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Spa online.

Special thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando for providing this complementary experience. All opinions are my own.


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!!!

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