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25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 10: Bay Lake Sunset from Top of the World Lounge

by on December 10, 2014

The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2014, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property as well as the Disney Cruise Line. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY TEN: Bay Lake Sunset from Top of the World Lounge (Bay Lake Tower)

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Bay Lake Sunset at the Top of the World Lounge.

 

We love Disney’s Contemporary Resort for many reasons, but one of our favorites is straight out of a real estate agent’s handbook: location, location, location. Located mere steps away from the Magic Kingdom, it’s impossible to be closer to the Most Magical Place on Earth. One of our favorite things to do at the Contemporary is head over to the Top of the World Lounge at the Bay Lake Tower DVC wing. With a breathtaking view of MK, the Top of the World is home to several signature drinks, including the Bay Lake Sunset cocktail. Ingredient list: Stoli Vanil vodka, Parrot Bay coconut rum, and pineapple juice with a splash of grenadine.

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How Well Does Disney World Meet Vacation Needs?

by on April 25, 2014

True confession time: I am rarely happier than when I am in my own home, in my comfy sweats, consuming a book or movie, and enjoying a glass of tea or wine (depending on the hour). This Class-A introvert could easily putter for weeks without leaving the house. But despite my love of bunny slippers, inertia, and Riesling (preferably in combination), I manage to drag myself out for travel, often Walt Disney World travel, on a regular basis.

But why? I mean, travel is expensive, tiring, uncomfortable, and sometimes just a downright pain in the tush.

Attractions like Living with the Land make education fun, particularly for kids.

Attractions like Living with the Land make education fun, particularly for kids.

Seriously, why bother?

As uncomfortable and annoying as many aspects of travel are, the benefits are many. Some of the positive aspects of travel, any travel, could be:

  • Education: Learning new things.
  • Novelty: Humans seek new experience. Travel quells the thirst.
  • Nostaliga: You’ve traveled before. Repeating the experience evokes pleasant memories.
  • Escape from Reality: Travel takes you away from humdrum obligations at home.
  • Relaxation: Being chill.
  • Change of Climate: You’re cold, you go somewhere warm (or vice versa).
  • Meeting New and Interesting People
  • Enhanced Relationships with Travel Companions: shared experience makes bonds.
  • Comfort: Aspects of your destination might be better/nicer or more comfortable than home.
  • Altruism: Expanding yourself by helping others.
  • Confronting Fears: Stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Trying New Foods.
  • Moving Your Body: A chance to exercise.
  • To Experience the Natural World.

Now lets see how a trip to Walt Disney World measures up on these criteria.

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Obervations: Epcot April 10, 2014

by on April 17, 2014

Date: April 10, 2014
Crowd Level: 3
Weather: 77°F at 5 p.m. with no rain

It’s time for a walk around Epcot during the middle of what is Spring Break season down here. I actually started out in Future World this time around, which is kind of rare for me as I like to come in the back gate at the International Gateway. I took some shots of the entrance topiary, but instead of focusing on the characters I wanted to catch the riot of wildflowers around them. To my surprise, there are glass flowers intermingled with real flowers, and they’re fantastic! Here are a few shots.

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TouringPlans.com Reunion Scavenger Hunt! November 30!

by on November 7, 2012

Everyone knows Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but how well do you really know it? Come find out the morning of November 30 as TouringPlans.com hosts a fabulous, fantastic, and fanciful festival of foolish fun. If you will be in or around Walt Disney World for Reunion 2012 – co-hosted by WDW Today & Mouse Fan Travel weekend, this completely-not-an-official-part-of-Reunion-so-it-doesn’t-appear-on-Reunion’s-schedule scavenger hunt will only enhance all of that Reunion-y fun!

Date: Friday, November 30, 2012

Time: 8:30 am, with the hunt starting at 9:00 am

Place: Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Details: This will be a scavenger hunt with a slight taste of a jumble thrown in. Teams of 3 or 4 people will answer a series of questions. Those answers will help to fill in a magical phrase that will ensure maximum points. The team with the most points will win…something…probably (prizes yet to be determined, but remember that the real prize is the fun you will have).

We understand that 8:30 am is a bit early, but that will allow us to give you all the information you need and allow you to start as soon as the Studios opens. The game will end no later than 11:00 am, allowing you some time prior to the first WDW Today meet of the day. Oh, here is a quick tip for you: some of the questions will be a little easier to answer if you have access to the TouringPlans.com menu search, which is also available on Lines!

Watch this space for some additional details as well as a way to sign up. Be there and be square!

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WDW Today Episode 864 – A Day at Downtown Disney

by on April 15, 2011

wdwtoday logoEpisode 861 of WDW Today is now available for download here. Join TouringPlans.com owner Len Testa as co-host for a podcast that features many Walt Disney World travel planning tips!

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WDW Today Episode 863 – Listener Questions

by on April 12, 2011

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WDW Today Episode 862 – Top Ten Must Brings

by on April 10, 2011

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WDW Today Episode 861 – Star Tours II

by on April 7, 2011

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WDW Today Episode 860 – Listen(hic-cup)er Questions

by on April 5, 2011

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WDW Today Episode 859 – "Pod" Luck 2

by on April 3, 2011

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