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Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017
Filed under: Epcot, Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL) 7 Comments

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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One of the most fun things that happens around the Easter holiday is the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. Last year, my husband and I decided we were going to tackle to scavenger hunt and we had the most fun searching for the eggs that feature designs themed after some of your favorite Disney characters.

Oh and let me tell you, this was not an easy egg hunt! We got stumped on a few eggs and much as we didn’t want to, we actually had to ask the Cast Members for clues to help! (Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because eggs may not always be where you think they will be! That’s my best tip!)

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that the Egg-stravaganza has returned to to Epcot and it’s slated to last even longer than normal! This year, the hunt is on until the end of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. (Which ends on May 29 – or while supplies last.).

Guests will be able to search for special hidden eggs and record your findings by placing the sticker that matches that character on the specially themed map to represent that location. There are 12 eggs to find in all; one in each country.

Map from 2016. ©Rikki Niblett

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

When you complete the hunt, return to Disney Traders and you’ll be able to pick up your prize.  You do not officially have to complete the hunt to get your egg, but taking part in the hunt is really a ton of fun!

The Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt really is perfect for the whole family and trust me, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages!

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love Universal’s SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT

by on March 4, 2017
Filed under: Resorts, Saturday Six, Universal Orlando Resort 12 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We LOVE Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort! Currently, the Universal Orlando Resort has five on-site hotels, with a sixth (Aventura) opening next summer. Universal separates its hotels into three categories: Prime Value (Cabana Bay Beach Resort), Preferred (Royal Pacific Resort), and Premier (Hard Rock and Portofino Bay.) Sapphire Falls falls under the Preferred category.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Sapphire Falls is located directly next to Royal Pacific, and the two hotels actually connect in their convention space area. As part of the Loews brand, Sapphire Falls has the type of service you receive at a higher end hotel, and stays at Sapphire count towards the Loews YouFirst Loyalty Program. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of Sapphire Falls, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – The Lobby

The lobby at Sapphire Falls is the most guest friendly of any Universal hotel. Similar to the lobbies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the newly renovated Polynesian Village Resort, guests walk into a wide open lobby with a huge window on the opposite end overlooking the property. One of the most oft-talked about features of the lobby is the striking “beach ball” chandelier. Pictures do not do this chandelier justice and, when lit up at night, the fixture looks absolutely fantastic.

There is plenty of unique seating in the lobby, including one area with a huge TV. There are outlets all over the place to plug in  your electronic devices, including a large wooden table which has enough space for at least ten people to work from their laptops. If you need to spend time in a hotel lobby, this is the exact type of one you want to be in.

Sapphire Falls lobby. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Lobby chandelier. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Lobby. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Outlets.

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Cirque du Soleil La Nouba to Close this Winter

by on March 3, 2017
Filed under: Disney Springs, Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL) 1 Comment

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Do you love the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show at Disney Springs? I bring some sad news today as the creative and entertaining show, which has been on the West Side for almost 20 years will be coming to a close this December. The show’s final performance will take place on December 31, 2017.

La Nouba included theatrics, dazzling costumes and magical lighting, unique sets and music. The show is filled with action, humor, color and light, blending the ancient traditions of circus with dance, acrobatics and street entertainment.

There is no word yet on what will be replacing La Nouba, but The Disney Parks Blog did hint that it could very well still be a Cirque du Soleil show that will occur in the theater.

To purchase tickets to this extremely popular show, make sure to visit the Walt Disney World website.

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of March 3, 2017

by on March 3, 2017
Filed under: In Case You Missed It 4 Comments

I am ready for this weekend! It couldn’t come fast enough. The only thing that could make it better is if I was down in Orlando taking part in the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. But, that’s coming up soon! (The end of the month, I’m hoping!) I guess I’ll just enjoy everyone else enjoying it this weekend via social media.

Ok, so let’s get to the fun of this week’s articles…see the adorable Claire sing with Auli’i on Ellen, take a peek on the progress of construction at Hollywood Studios, and more!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

In news of a new item you didn’t know you needed. Epcot introduced a new Frozen perfume….yeah…still not sure I need that.

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Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World

by on March 3, 2017
Filed under: geeky, Just For Fun, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World (FL) 19 Comments

Pokémon GO

With the highly anticipated release of Pokémon GO Generation 2, Pokémon trainers are on the move again, looking to “catch ’em all” and walking miles in the hopes of hatching a rare Pokémon from an egg. One local secret is that Walt Disney World is an excellent place to play Pokémon GO. Here’s some tips to help improve your Pokémon GO experience at Walt Disney World.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is an app available on iPhone and Android devices that lets you “catch” cute creatures, called Pokémon, in real world locations. Players, called Pokémon trainers, hunt for Pokémon, battle in virtual gyms, walk distances of 2-10 km to hatch “eggs” within the game, and collect objects needed in the game from Pokéstops, GPS-identified landmarks. Read the rest of this entry »

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins to Open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge This Summer

by on March 2, 2017
Filed under: DVC, Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL) 3 Comments

Exciting news for Disney Vacation Club members (or those looking to become members.) Disney’s newest DVC resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will open on July 17! Sales for the latest resort in the DVC category will begin on March 8 for current Disney Vacation Club Members with general sales following on April 5. Guests looking to book stays in these new rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be able to do so beginning March 21.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will feature the comforts of home and the wonders of the wilderness. The resort area has been inspired by the legendary mining and railroad history of the Pacific Northwest. Resort rooms will include rustic elegance, cozy touches, and modern designs.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins will include deluxe studios, one and two bedroom villas, as well as three-bedroom Grand Villas that will sleep up to 12. Each unit will include a well-appointed kitchen, expanded storage space and private patios or balconies.

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Take a peek at what you’ll be able to experience with the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins:

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Miss Adventure Falls to Open at Typhoon Lagoon Soon

by on March 2, 2017
Filed under: Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL)

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon‘s newest water attraction, Miss Adventure Falls (formerly known as Miss Fortune Falls) will be opening on March 12!

During the attraction, Guests will be introduced to treasure hunting, Captain Mary Oceaneer. She got stranded with her pet parrot at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by the rogue storm. During the attraction, Guests will be transported in their treasure rafts to the top of the slide where they will pass by Mary’s wrecked ship and see her parrot who is found among her treasures. That’s when the white-water rapids adventure will take Guests through twists and turns, all while seeing artifacts from Captain Oceaneer’s worldwide treasure hunts.

Miss Adventure Falls will be the longest attraction at Typhoon Lagoon – clocking in at two minutes – and will be a ride the whole family can enjoy.

Daisy’s Best Week Ever March 2, 2017: Flower & Garden Time

by on March 2, 2017
Filed under: Best Week Ever, Epcot, Events 14 Comments

Hello, friends! It’s that time of year again. 🙂 I’m thrilled to be able to share with you some of the Flower & Garden Festival over at Epcot. Now, I wish I could have visited during better weather. Unfortunately, you’ll notice my photos are pretty grey. I’m just glad it didn’t rain! To get things kicked off, Here’s Figment still hanging out behind Spaceship Earth. He’s a leftover from the International Festival of the Arts, but I’ll never complain about having more Figment in the parks.

You don’t want to miss the rest of the festival, do you? Click to see more!

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Bucket List: How Many Days Should I Visit Aulani?

by on March 2, 2017
Filed under: Aulani, DVC 10 Comments

How many days to visit Aulani

Do you have a Disney Bucket List? Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa (hereafter just called “Aulani”), is a fantastic resort and something one many people’s lists. One of three Disney resorts not attached to a theme park, it is the only one not in the continental U.S. Because there’s no theme park to visit, one question that inevitably  comes up for us is “how many days do I need to visit Aulani?”

Visiting Aulani is like cruising Disney Cruise Line. You need to make time to take everything in. So how long is that? The pithy answer is “as long as you can take.” Why is it pithy? Because there are some considerations  and outside factors that will have a huge influence on how long you can stay.

 

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DISNEY DINING: Chef Art Smith’s HOMECOMIN’ in Disney Springs

by on March 1, 2017
Filed under: Disney Springs, Uncategorized 6 Comments

When Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming opened in Disney Springs last July, it’s safe to say we were big fans. In fact, we were really big fans. In fact, with a restaurant row now loaded with incredible eateries such as Raglan Road, Morimoto Asia, and BOATHOUSE, Homecoming just may be our favorite of all.

This past week the restaurant officially changed its named to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. It also has added a few new items to menu over the past few months, so it was high time to go back and check it out.

We’ll start with appetizers, and first up is the THIGH HIGH CHICKEN BISCUITS. These have replaced the bbq chicken wings on the menu and we can confirm that they are one of the top six food items on Disney property.

Three biscuits topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken thighs and bread and butter pickles. Drizzled with hot honey.

The “hot” honey isn’t a hot sauce honey, but more of a warm, tangy honey and it is absolutely incredible.  The sweet taste will pair well with a Sweet Tea Shine or one of the many cocktails on the menu.

Thigh High Chicken Biscuits.

Speaking of hot sauce, Homecomin’ now sells its house made hot sauce in bottles you can take home. This slightly sweet sauce gets a lot of rave reviews from hot sauce fans.

Deep South Hot Sauce.

Another appetizer we tried was the BUNCH OF PUPPIES and they were very good, but all we could think about was ordering some more Thigh High Chicken Biscuits. Enjoyed that the hushpuppies had a nice crunchy outside, but soft in the middle. The jalapeño jelly dip added a nice sweet and spicy kick.

House-made hushpuppies served with pimento cheese and jalapeño jelly.

Bunch of Puppies.

The BRAISED SHORT RIBS are one of the newer entree items. As the menu promised, the meat was was boneless and pulled apart easily. Very flavorful and because of the tenderness there was no need for a knife. While we enjoy the regular mashed potatoes at Homecomin’, the whipped sweet potatoes was a nice touch. You don’t see that any many restaurants.

Boneless beef short ribs are slow cooked until fork tender served over whipped sweet potatoes with seasonal vegetable.

Braised Short Ribs.

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