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18
Mar 14

Dates Announced for the 2014 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We just received word that the 5th annual Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will be held on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st of this year.

2013 disney swan dolphin food wine classic dishes

The word is out.  This sophisticated foodie event has grown in popularity year after year.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend for the past three years and wait with anticipation for it’s arrival.

You can read all about my adventures at past “Classics” here:

Review of the 2013 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
2012 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic in Pictures
Review of the 2011 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The outdoor festival will include food and beverage seminars, food and wine tastings and live music. Seminars will be led by the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts, while the hotel’s award-winning restaurants will showcase signature culinary selections to pair with tastings from more than 30 wineries.

Celebrity Chef Todd English will be in attendance to meet and greet with guests. English is a renowned restaurateur who has gained national acclaim through his line of restaurants and cookbooks, and other food-related enterprises. Todd English’s bluezoo is located in the hotel and features fresh seafood in a vibrant atmosphere.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are currently available as part of a hotel package or individually. For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.


17
Mar 14

Hundreds Celebrate in Grand Disney Style at Downtown Disney for St. Patrick’s Day

downtown disney 2014 saint patricks dayHundreds of revelers donned ‘Glow with the Show’ Ear hats recently to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in style as DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park turns a fun shade of green during the ‘Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival’ at Downtown Disney and at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. Downtown Disney is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.


15
Mar 14

Have You Tried Krispy Kreme’s New #LottaLatte Doughnuts Yet?

krispy kreme doughnuts #LottaLatte coffee

I’m headed out to Walt Disney World this afternoon and it’s almost inevitable that I will make a pit stop at the Kissimmee Krispy Kreme location on 192 right outside Disney’s gate.

My husband is obsessed with the “hot off the line” yeast doughnuts and this month Krispy Kreme is offering two special flavors (through March 30th)!

I recently stopped by the Kissimmee location to try the new #LottaLatte offerings for March which are Mocha Kreme and Caramel Coffee Kreme.

krispy kreme doughnuts #LottaLatte coffee

Genius combo right here. What goes better with doughnuts than coffee? Marry them together and you have a real world coffee lover’s delight!

My favorite of the two had to be the Mocha Kreme Doughnut…a moist yeast doughnut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and a chocolate coffee bean accent.

Mocha Kreme Doughnut- A moist yeast doughnut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and a chocolate coffee bean accent.Coming in at a close second was the Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut…a decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme.

krispy kreme Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut...a decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme

Another special running this month is the baseball doughnut which can be special ordered by calling your local Krispy Kreme location.

krispy kreme baseball doughnut

I had a slight obsession with the vanilla-filled chocolate-frosted football doughnuts available around the Superbowl. But I digress…

If you’re in the neighborhood, pick up a few of theseLimited Edition #LottaLatte doughnuts before they’re gone for good!

krispy kreme #LottaLatte doughnuts

OH…and if you happen to be driving by the Kissimmee locaion and the “HOT” light is on…pick up a dozen off the line for me too please!

krispy kreme doughnut

Krispy Kreme is located at 5318 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Hot Light Hours are 6-11 AM and 6-11 PM (or closing).

A big thanks to the Kissimmee Krispy Kreme for the complementary dozen. I’ll be back for more! This is a regular stop for us on the way home after a long day at the Walt Disney World theme parks.


12
Mar 14

Will the runDisney New Balance Shoes Be Available at the 2014 Disney Expedition Everest Challenge Expo?

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Still looking to pick up a pair of the 2014 runDisney New Balance Sneakers?  Are you registered for the 2014 Expedition Everest Challenge at Walt Disney World? Well, now may be your chance to snag a pair of the coveted pavement pounders.

I asked my contact at runDisney if the shoes would be available at the Expedition Everest Challenge Expo, since it’s such a small expo, and my contact told me that the shoes will be on sale there, but that New Balance’s inventory won’t be as large as it was for the 2014 Marathon Weekend and Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Also, there will not be an early sign-up process. It will be first come, first served.

On your mark…get set…GO!


27
Feb 14

A Look Inside the Private Chevrolet GM VIP Lounge Above Test Track in Epcot

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot amanda tinney

It’s every Disney Nerd’s fantasy to be able to access the “restricted” areas of Walt Disney World.

After 5 years of blogging I’ve been able to unlock one more door to a VIP Lounge in Epcot.  Here are two of the others I have visited:

Siemens VIP Lounge at Spaceship Earth
HP VIP Lounge at Mission Space

This weekend I was able to enjoy the GM VIP Lounge at Test Track.  Access to the private lounges are reserved for employees and guests of the companies that sponsor each pavilion.  Test Track is sponsored by Chevrolet/GM so employees of these companies and their guests may access the private lounge. I’ve found most lounge hours are normal business hours with closures on the weekends. Each lounge may vary.  The lounges also allow Make-a-Wish children the opportunity to come in and rest and of course special events are sometimes held inside the lounges.

This was the case which afforded me the opportunity to access the Test Track Lounge this weekend.

Want to know where the door is?

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot amanda tinneyAs you enter the Test Track pavilion, hook a right and make your way to the gift shop/attraction exit.

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot door entranceThe gift shop is on your left. That light illuminates the entry door on the right.

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot door entrance Once inside, we made our way down a long corridor towards the elevator which took us up to the lounge.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Concept art for the reimagining…

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevroletprivate test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot ChevroletTake note of the box at the top right of the elevator frame which reads “Please Announce Your Arrival”. We did not have to use this, as they were expecting our group, but if the protocol is anything like the other lounges I’ve accessed, you would ring that bell and show your employee identification to access the elevator.

Once off the elevator, you enter the main lounge area.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

The window on the right looks out over the initial hill climb and break testing area of the attraction. It was so dark that I could not get a decent picture for you. There is also a fountain soda machine with free beverages available to lounge guests.  Two of the vehicle design stations were available for guests who would be riding the attraction after enjoying the lounge.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

This long hall led to another exit as well as the bathroom.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Nothing too remarkable about the ladies room.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Since the theme of the private event was “Frozen” there were chilly photo opps and character meet and greets.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet amanda tinney

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet amanda tinney frozen characters

After exploring the main lounge area we were led back to the function which was down another corridor that faced the front of the attraction.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

THE highlight of the evening, besides the booze soaked cronut, was this string ensamble playing music from Epcot‘s Tapestry of Nations Parade.  It almost made me weep.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet strings

Here’s a snipit for you…

Those floor to ceiling windows looked out over the Test Track entrance and Future World. I wish it had been day time so I could have captured better photos. The 65mph inverted portion of the ride went zooming by with ride vehicles at your toes every few seconds.

Trying to use my body as a shadow from the back light you can see Spaceship Earth as well as the Test Track entrance area.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet strings

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

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