Showing posts with label Walt Disney World. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Walt Disney World. Show all posts

Monday, December 30, 2013

Kona Cafe Dinner Review

We had a wonderful dinner at the Polynesian Resort's Kona Café. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to eat somewhere special. We really love the Polynesian Resort and try to eat there each time we go to Disney World. When we arrived at our dinner reservations we were given a pager and waited just about five minutes to be seated.

The children were given crayons and a children's menu to color. We were immediately served warm delicious bread with honey butter (it was gone before I could take a picture). I just love the bread at Kona! I ordered the long awaited Lapu Lapu drink (I had been reading reviews about this drink for months!). The Lapu Lapu is served IN a pineapple! The drink consists of Bacardi 151, Myers rum and tropical juices. I did ask the server to ask the bartender to leave out the 151 because I did not want the drink to be too strong!
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We had a wonderful dinner at the Polynesian Resort's Kona Café. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to eat somewhere special. We really love the Polynesian Resort and try to eat there each time we go to Disney World. When we arrived at our dinner reservations we were given a pager and waited just about five minutes to be seated.

The children were given crayons and a children's menu to color. We were immediately served warm delicious bread with honey butter (it was gone before I could take a picture). I just love the bread at Kona! I ordered the long awaited Lapu Lapu drink (I had been reading reviews about this drink for months!). The Lapu Lapu is served IN a pineapple! The drink consists of Bacardi 151, Myers rum and tropical juices. I did ask the server to ask the bartender to leave out the 151 because I did not want the drink to be too strong!

Lapu Lapu served IN a pineapple
 
this is me enjoying every sip :)
 
My husband ordered the Kona Coffee Rubbed Pork Chop with mashed sweet potatoes and seasonal veggies. He enjoyed his meal very much and said he would highly recommend it. I ordered the Teriyaki Style New York Strip topped with diced pineapple and served with stir fry broccolini and sticky rice. The sticky rice was somewhat bland in my opinion and I wished that I had substituted the rice for the mashed potatoes. The steak was amazing and the flavor really was perfect. I would definetly order the New York strip again!
 
Kona Coffee Rubbed Pork Chop

delicious mashed sweet potatoes
 
my daughter enjoyed the chicken tenders and fries :)

Teriyaki Marinated Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Broccolini
 
The children's meal came with this cute dessert-make your own ice cream sundae! Complete with m&m's, Mickey shaped sprinkles and chocolate syrup and a cherry on top.
 
Complimentary chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from our serve to celebrate our anniversary!
 
 
Overall this meal was wonderful and I would highly recommend Kona Café to anyone who wants a nice sit down dinner in a wonderful atmosphere. The meal cost $98 before the tip and we would love to go back again!
 
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 10 FREE Things To Do At Disney

Top 10 FREE Things To Do!

We have covered eating at Disney on a budget and choosing your accomodations. This week we are going to discuss the FREE things to do on your Disney vacation! There are so many great free things to do and many people do not even realize they exist.

1.   Take a FREE boat ride from Downtown Disney-this can be fun in the evenings.

2.    Check out Celebration Florida-Located just 10 minutes from Disney World this small town is the perfect place to relax. Celebration was originally created by the Walt Disney Company. There is a farmers market with fresh produc open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. What a beautiful little town complete with restaurants and shops to check out. There is also a really nice interactive water fountain area for children of all ages. There are many nice playgrounds located throughout the town. My favorite playground is in the Commons area along with picnic tables and volleyball courts.

3.   Explore Downtown Disney-Let your children spalsh at the water fountain located near Once Upon A Toy. The Lego imagination center is a great place to let your children take a break and get creative with Lego's. You can get a FREE piece of chocolate at Ghiradelli. And don't forget the huge Disney store. My children love to spends hours exploring the store.

4.   Walk the Boardwalk-in the evenings there are street performers, fire eaters, jugglers and jazz music not to mention lots of yummy snacks to try.

5.   Campfire with ChipN'Dale at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. This FREE campfire begins at 7:30 pm and you can purchase a marshmallow roasting kit for less than $10 which will feed about 4 people. There is a singalong followed by a Disney movie under the stars.

6.   Visit the butterfly garden located at the Contemporary Resort.

7.   Visit Tricircle D Ranch at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. There is not free, I must add, but it is only $5. There are pony rides for children ages 2-8 years old (must weigh less than 80 lbs). Children must wear closed toe shoes to ride the ponies. There is also a petting farm at the Ranch.

8.   Ride the monorail and check out the resorts-I really enjoy visiting the beautiful Grand Floridian. The lobby is so beautiful and there are also many nice shops located throughout the resorts. Splurge and purchase a few yummy cupcakes at the Contempo Cafe in the Contemporary Resort or have a Dole Whip at Captain Cook's located in the Polynesian Resort.

9.   Enjoy the pools! If your hotel has an outdoor pool then I highly recommend that you plan to take a day to just relax enjoy the pool! Children need a break from the sensory overload of the theme parks and with the Florida heat you cant beat a pool day.

10.   Take lots of pictures. This is a great way to remember your vacation. Spend time looking for the perfect photo spot. I recommend the beach at the Polynesian Resort with the Magic Kingdom in the background.

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Each week we have covered ways to save money on food, snacks and accommodations at Disney. This week I am going to share with you the top 10 FREE things to do at or nearby to Disney.

  1. Take a free boat ride from Downtown Disney For schedules visit the guest services page. Most run on 15-30 minute intervals.

     2.   Visit Celebration Florida located just ten minutes from Disney. This cute town is a great           escape from the hustle and bustle of Disney. There is a great farmers market that is open every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. There is also a great interactive water fountain play area for children of all ages.

      3.   Explore Downtown Disney-listen to live music, let your kids play at the Lego store or simply relax by the water. You can also sample chocolate at Ghiradelli. My children's favorite thing to do at Downtown Disney is explore the largest Disney Store in the world!

     4.   Walk the Boardwalk-The evenings are a great time to walk along the Boardwalk. There are street performers, jugglers, fire eater's, etc. Be sure to grab a yummy snack at the Boardwalk Bakery.

     5.   Campfire with ChipnDale at Wilderness Lodge. This FREE campfire event begins at 7:30 pm and you can purchase a smores kit for less than $10. There is a singalong and a movie under the stars afterwards.

     6.   Ride the monorail and visit each resort on the monorail. Hop off at the Grand Floridian and explore the beautiful lobby. Be sure to look for the Teddy Bear lady. Grab a dole whip at the Polynesian Resort at Captain Cooks. Window shop at the Polynesian's fun tropical themed shops. Have a cupcake at the Contempo Café at the Contemporary Resort.

    7.   Take lots of pictures! There are so many wonderful photo opportunities at Disney World. You don't even have to enter the theme parks to get great photo's. Visit the beach at the Polynesian Resort and take some pictures with the Magic Kingdom in the background.

    8.  Visit Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the Fort Wilderness Resort. It is free to visit the ranch and see the horses. They offer pony rides, trail rides and wagon and carriage rides. Guests age 9 and up can enjoy a 45 minute horseback trail ride for $45 each. A historic 45 minute wagon ride will only cost you $8 each. Wagon rides depart daily at 6 and 8:30 pm in front of Pioneer Hall.

   9.   Enjoy your resort pool! Take a day off from the theme parks and just relax. Sleep in and relax by the pool. Your children will be happy and you will get a nice break.

10.  Watch the Electrical Water Pageant. A great viewing spot is on the beach at the Polynesian Resort. The water pageant begins every night at 9 pm.

*Tip--visit the various Disney resorts during the day when most people are at the theme parks, you can enjoy the lobby, shops and grab a snack. You never know who you might run into.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Disney Cruise Must Haves

 

 
Who doesn't love planning for a Disney vacation? There are so many fun cruise must have's. Many cruisers join an FE exchange and purchase a personalized fish extender. When you participate in a FE exchange you will need to bring on board your "fe gifts" for fellow cruisers. I love these adorable light cards, they make perfect "fe gifts".
 
 
Light cards make the perfect FE gifts for your fish exchange. These are lightweight and convenient to carry on board. These are great for keeping the lights on in your stateroom when you need to remove your Key To the World to venture out on the ship but want to leave the lights on for the others in your stateroom. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieDustedStitches
 

 
Personalized FE Holder for collecting all of the awesome FE gifts is a cruise must have from StitchesNBows There are many adorable patterns and designs to choose from.
 
 
Adorable tumbler perfect for your favorite beverages while cruising and at home from
 
Minnie Mouse Tropical Door Magnets are a Cruisin must have! Decorate your stateroom door and then after your cruise, save them for your fridge :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/HairMajestyBoutique
 
 
Adorable cruise themed hair bow from Bow A Day
 
Everyone planning a Disney cruise needs to read Passporter's Disney Cruise Line book. Wow! It really has everything you need to know.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Favorite Disney Memory

My daughter Sophie whispering in Princess Jasmine's ear!
Hello everyone!  My name is Mike, and I am the creator of the site My Dreams of Disney!  My friend Hayden asked if I wanted to write a guest post, so I gladly accepted!  I hope you enjoy, and Hayden, the offer is always open if you ever want to write on My Dreams of Disney, so let me know!

Today I thought I would talk with you about Disney Memories, and the Magic that can be experienced at Walt Disney World with these incredible moments in time.  As a case in point, I am going to share with you the time that we had an absolutely incredible Disney moment happen, way back in June of 2008.

We were visiting Walt Disney World that year to celebrate Sophie's 7th birthday, and the whole time we were enjoying ourselves at the park, Sophie kept insisting that the only thing she wanted as a souvenir was a Princess Jasmine costume.  Of course, costumes at Disney can be pricey, and the one that Sophie wanted was about $60 -- and we hadn't purchased it yet.

Well, on one of our days of our trip, we were in Epcot, walking in the World Showcase.  We came upon Morocco, which is normally a pavilion we don't spend much time in, but for some reason, we decided to browse on in.  We looked at some of the shops, just kind of looking, not doing any real shopping at the time, but then, as we wandered near the back of the pavilion, we came around a corner -- and who was there, looking as if they were waiting for us, with no line at all -- Princess Jasmine and the Genie!

It was one of those Disney Memories like you see on the TV commercials!  Sophie was so excited, she was seeing Princess Jasmine -- and since there was no one in line, we spent what felt like an eternity talking with them and taking pictures!  It was during this time that I snapped that photo of Sophie whispering in Princess Jasmine's ear.  Later on, when I asked her what she was telling her, Sophie told me that she was telling her that she was going to get her own Princess Jasmine costume to take home with her!

Well, that's what she did, of course, and that costume lasted for an eternity, through Halloween, playdates, little girl dress-ups, and on and on and on.

The magic of Disney is what truly makes Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and all the other great Disney destinations the most incredible places to visit.  It is that magic that my family longs for each and every visit we make; it is that magic that led us to buy our DVC membership so we could bring our own friends and family with us to visit and experience their own Disney Magic; and it is, without a doubt in this writers mind, that Magic that led to this chance encounter with Princess Jasmine, and a memory that I will never, ever forget.