Walt Disney World (FL)

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 14, 2017

Special Events

  • Epcot is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiestas Patrias. On September 16th from 11:00am – 5:00pm, head to the Mexico Pavilion for a scavenger hunt celebrating Mexican culture!
  • Through September 30th, Florida residents will be offered a FREE appetizer AND valet parking with each adult dinner entrée. This is featured at the following restaurants:
    • Jiko
    • Flying Fish
    • Citricos
    • Artist Point
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? Through September 30th, you can receive a 30% discount at the following restaurants:
    • Note: Discount is only available before 6:30pm or after 8:30pm

Read the rest of this entry »

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter: Part 1 + Video

by on September 12, 2017

Today, I’m talking about my favorite moderate resort hotel on Walt Disney World property: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

Click on the video below to learn all about this resorts’ theme, rooms and room views.

Enjoy!

Have any video ideas for me? Let me know in the comments!

Orlando Theme Parks Reopening Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12

by on September 11, 2017

Following the terrifying passage of hurricane Irma over the past few days, many of the Orlando area theme parks are reopening to guests beginning Tuesday, September 12.

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Crowd Updates – Coming Soon

by on September 11, 2017

Quick post to let you know we’re currently updating our crowd predictions following Hurricane Irma. We’ll expect some changes as people cancel and reschedule trips.

Please stand by and look for the first updates within 24 hours.

 

 

Hurricane Irma – September 11 Update

by on September 11, 2017

Last update – September 11, 2017, 4:30PM Eastern

News on park hours tomorrow here.

Today is about cleaning up and getting the power back on in Central Florida. We will post as soon as we hear about things reopening.

Hurricane Irma went through Central Florida last night with howling winds, lots of rain, and many people losing power. Irma has been downgraded to the still very dangerous category of tropical storm.

Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Airports

Every major airport in Florida is CLOSED until further notice. Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami are assessing damage.

Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricane Irma – September 10 update

by on September 10, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update – September 10, 2017, 10:30AM Eastern

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Another day, another update. Thanks for sticking with us.

The incredibly slow speed of Hurricane Irma means that the forecast for when it will reach Central Florida keeps getting pushed out. Currently the eye is forecast to reach the Tampa-St. Petersburg area around 2AM Monday. Though it’s counterintuitive that a “slow” storm is worse, it is. You don’t want winds and rain to linger in a area, which is what they’re doing now.

The eye is making landfall in the Florida Keys, but the winds and rain are being felt all the way up the state. Miami is seeing flooding and power outages.

The storm is currently tracking west of the Orlando area. This does not mean there is no danger. The storm could still change directions and the area will still see very high winds and rains.

Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Airports

Every major airport in Florida is CLOSED until further notice.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricane Irma – September 9, 2017 Update

by on September 9, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update – September 9, 2017, 9:00AM Eastern

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Hurricane Irma hit Cuba and the Bahamas overnight. It will hit Miami and South Florida Sunday morning and is forecast to travel up Florida’s west (Gulf) coast.

Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.

Central Florida

Orlando International Airport will close at 5PM on Saturday. The airport is also on Twitter at @MCO. You should contact your airline for information on other cancellations.

Sanford will have its last flight out at 5:15PM and airport operations will cease at 7:30.

Expect much heavier than usual crowds at the airports as people leave Florida.

Parking garages at Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are at capacity. This is no more onsite parking at these airports.

Tampa will close 8PM Saturday.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

Read the rest of this entry »

The SATURDAY SIX has some Magical Memories after a recent WDW vacation

by on September 9, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look back at its recent WDW vacation! We’re going to take a brief break from our normal routine here on this fine blog series, as we here in Florida are having to deal with Hurricane Irma. In fact, this past Thursday I cut my Walt Disney World stay short in order to drive back down towards the storm and experienced a moment straight out of The Walking Dead. So while we in the Sunshine State are in the process of hunkering down or escaping, we’ll do a quick look back at some things I experienced during my time at The Mouse. This includes my first ever dessert party, my first time riding an attraction that is actually older than me, and a ton of outrageous food. Speaking of which, let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – The Rio Grande Nacho Challenge at Pecos Bills

For some reason known only to Disney themselves, in the past year or so a whole bunch of “secret” menu items have appeared at the parks and resorts. One of the newer items is the incredible Rio Grande Nacho Challenge at Pecos Bill’s in the Magic Kingdom.

The Rio Grande Nacho Challenge. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Fist let’s get to the particulars. The cost is $85. That may sound crazy, but I believe there is a lot of value here, and will explain along the way. Pecos Bill currently has an AP discount, so after discount and tax the total was $72.42. The Rio Grande is only served between 3-6PM, and Pecos Bills will only serve four groups per hour. So if you are interested in trying this out, be sure to get there as early as you can to check in and reserve a time.

The picture above shows how the Rio Grande is normally served, while the picture below is what you get if you ask for the toppings to be served on the side. There is a whole bunch of meat on these nachos, and everyone absolutely loved the chicken. The beef crumbles and pulled pork weren’t bad at all, but the chicken was really tasty.

The Rio Grande, served with toppings on the side. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Pecos Bills does the Rio Grande right in terms of presentation, as groups are brought back to a reserved section of the restaurant. There are fun, old timey tin plates and cups for everyone in the group. Two pitchers of whatever drinks you prefer are served with the Rio Grande, but you can ask for pitchers of any other type of beverage once those are gone. We originally started with lemonade and iced tea, but eventually also got pitchers of Coke, Diet Coke, and water.

Three new sheriffs have been deputized in Frontierland. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricane Irma – September 8 Update

by on September 8, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update – September 8, 2017, 3:00PM EDT

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Florida continues to prepare for Irma to make landfall. Current forecasts say the storm will hit South Florida Saturday with Central Florida seeing the worst of it late Sunday and early Monday morning.

Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.

Central Florida

Orlando International Airport will close at 5PM on Saturday. The airport is also on Twitter at @MCO. You should contact your airline for information on other cancellations. Expect much heavier than usual crowds at the airports as people leave Florida. Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports have also announced closures.

Parking garages at both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are at capacity. This is no more onsite parking at either airport.

Tampa will close 8PM Saturday.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

Read the rest of this entry »

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 7, 2017

Special Note: Due to the ever-changing weather conditions with Hurricane Irma, park hours, crowd levels, weather, and more will change throughout this week. If you are going to be in the area, please follow the directions of local authorities to ensure your safety. Keep updated on the National Hurricane Center web site. Consider if you are able to cancel or postpone your vacation during this potentially life-threatening situation. For a brief summary of some information to know about Hurricane Irma, you can read our article here and our list of closures and additional information here.

Special Events

  • Walt Disney Presents is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To learn more about this attraction, check out Rikki’s article here.
  • The Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Take in your surroundings as your guide brings you around the park. Experience attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, and enjoy a meal at Satu’li Canteen. Book now as this tour begins October 1st!
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? Now through September 30th, you can receive a 30% discount at the following restaurants:
    • Note: Discount is only available before 6:30pm or after 8:30pm

 

Weather

For the most current weather conditions, click here!

Read the rest of this entry »