Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s BoardWalk’

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 28, 2017

Goodbye 2017! Read on to see how you can ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World.

Special Events

  • There are several places to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World. Click on Rikki’s article to check out your options.
  • Speaking of New Year’s Eve, the Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming from Magic Kingdom park on December 31. Don’t miss the Fantasy in the Sky New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 11:50pm Eastern Time.
  • The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® is from January 3 – January 7. Which race will you be participating in? Let me know in the comments!
  • This is your last chance to experience Stitch’s Great Escape! This ride will close until further notice on January 7, 2018.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World with Even More Options

by on November 14, 2017

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If you’re looking to bring in 2018 in style, celebrating New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a great way to do it. In addition to previously mentioned parties at both Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there are two other options to choose from that were just announced.

First, Guests can spend the evening at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk with a New Year’s Eve Bash. Here’s you’ll experience rockin’ music and tasty treats. Guest will be able to enjoy things like soft pretzels, churros, and other sweet and salty snacks. In addition, you can celebrate the new year with complimentary party hats and horns, a view of Epcot’s fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. The party begins at 9:00 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older.

Or, say you’re looking for something a little more posh. Consider the Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk for Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. Guests can enjoy a cocktail hour beginning at 7:00 p.m. with hor d’Oeurves and a gorgeous seafood display. Then you’ll be seated for a family-style dinner spread with sustainable seafood offerings and accompaniments. There will also be a complimentary character artist drawing throughout the night and you’ll have the opportunity to dance all night long to the tunes of a live 3-piece jazz band. At midnight, you’ll get to toast with champagne. Guests of this event will also have the opportunity to hop on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall to enjoy the Epcot fireworks and additional midnight festivities. Guests who attend this event must be 21 years or older.

For reservations, for either of these events, call (407) WDW-DINE.

 

 

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast – A Review

by on October 24, 2017

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Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast (Photo courtesy of Disney)

I can’t begin to tell you the excitement I felt back when it was originally announced that Trattoria al Forno was going to start hosting the Bon Voyage Adventure character breakfast. Bon Voyage Adventure isn’t your run-of-the-mill character breakfast where you get to meet some of the Fab Five. (Not that they don’t rock as well, but some variety is nice!) At this particular meal you’ll get to meet none other than Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric. That was the big draw for me! (Don’t forget, the only other places you can usually meet Flynn and Eric are at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties.)

I’m a ridiculously huge fan of Rapunzel, so I knew as soon as this character meal was announced that I’d be doing my best to book it! In fact, since they started offering the Bon Voyage Adventure breakfast I’ve made two trips to Disney World. I’ve eaten there both times.

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Trattoria al Forno Character Meal to Debut in April

by on February 24, 2017

Trattoria al Forno

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Are you excited about the upcoming all new character meal that’s slated to debut at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk on April 2? The new breakfast option called Bon Voyage Breakfast, will feature some of your favorite Disney couples – Rapuzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.

The breakfast menu will include items with an Italian inspiration with names that are fitting of the characters who are hosting the meal.

Breakfast will begin with your choice of either a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

Main dishes will include:

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All-New Character Meal Announced For Trattoria al Forno

by on February 1, 2017

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Can you feel the love in the air? It’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up. No….it’s because today Disney announced that an all-new character breakfast will be debuting this spring at Trattoria al Forno.

This table service restaurant located at Disney’s BoardWalk will feature a great way to start your day with a fun meal that not only includes some of your favorite Disney Princesses, but also their Princes, as well! Characters will include Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled and Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid.

Not much else is known about this new dining opportunity. Stay tuned to the blog for further information about this great breakfast option.

 

TouringPlansTV: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort – Part One + Video

by on November 1, 2016

BoardWalk_mainbuildingWelcome back to TouringPlansTV!

Today, I’m giving you an overview of my FAVORITE resort at Walt Disney World:

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!

I’ll be delving into the resort’s theme, rooms, room views and transportation.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We LOVE Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

by on October 8, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We LOVE Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. While we have done articles on several of our favorite Walt Disney World resorts, including Animal Kingdom Lodge, Art of Animation, and Coronado Springs, it was the BoardWalk Inn & Villas which was the hardest to cut down to just our six favorite things. The overall depth of theming and amount of details throughout the resort is second to none. 

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Disney’s BoardWalk.

The BoardWalk was the second of Disney Vacation Club properties to be built (following Old Key West) and its “story” revolves around  the great East Coast boardwalk areas of the 1920s and 30s. In the early part of the 20th century, places like Coney Island in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey were the Walt Disney World of their day. Attractions, restaurants, hotels… they were the place to be. Disney Imagineers and architect Robert A.M. Stern pulled from this incredible era of history of America to create Disney’s BoardWalk and left tons of wonderful details for guests to appreciate. The details are just one of the many reasons we think this resort is the bee’s knees, so let’s begin counting down our top six reasons starting with…

# 6 – The Lobby

There are some lobbies at Walt Disney World which will have you picking your jaw off the floor (most notably the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge) but what the BoardWalk lacks in expansiveness it makes up for in fantastic show elements, such as the gorgeous Hippocampus Electrolier hanging above. A hippocampus is a creature from Greek mythology that is part horse, part fish, while electrolier is a name for a ceiling fixture holding electric lamps (a name which never took hold and is just referred to as a chandelier today.) Weighing in at 3,000 pounds and intricately detailed, this may very well be the most impressive chandelier on Disney property, and imagine what that is saying.

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The BoardWalk’s stunning hippocampus electrolier. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Hanging above the check-in desks are three paintings of Disney castles. There is one each for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. The reason for this is that in the 1920s/30s, cameras were nowhere near as ubiquitous as they are today. Much of what people saw, even in advertisements, were paintings. These castle paintings, and the gold carousel rounding boards that frame them, help make the BoardWalk’s registration area one of the best at WDW.

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A majestic painting of the castle at Disneyland Paris. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Walking through the BoardWalk’s lobby you will be drawn to the glass display cases featuring a miniature carousel and a reproduction of the Flip Flap Railway roller coaster. The closer you get to the carousel the bigger your eyes open as you take in the details. This is a to-scale model created by Marcus Charles Illions (the developer of the “Coney Island Style” of carousel wood carving) and bought by Disney from Illions’ granddaughter. Imagineers restored the carousel to its original grandeur, and even added a little Disney magic.

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BoardWalk lobby’s miniature carousel.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Ways Disney’s AbracadaBar Has Us Under Its Spell

by on September 10, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Ways Disney’s AbracadaBar Has Us Under Its Spell. With the Flying Fish recently receiving a lengthy refurbishment and a completely new look, ESPN Club getting a major menu upgrade, and the debut of Ample Hills Creamery (serving some of the best ice cream on property), Disney’s BoardWalk area is now better than it has ever been. However, another new addition to the area may actually be the best improvement of all, the AbracadaBar.

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AbracadaBar at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.

Following the trend set by Sam’s Grog Grotto, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Nomad Lounge, AbracadaBar is an extremely well themed bar, with an elaborate backstory centered around magicians of the Golden Age. Everywhere you look at AbracadaBar, there are winks and nods to the art of performing magic. These can range from straight jackets and chains, items made famous by Harry Houdini, to playing cards, mirrors, linking rings and other items that are part of any magician’s arsenal. However, this being Disney, if you look really close you’ll see some extra special details. What are the six best? Well sit back, remember that real magicians do “illusions” because “tricks” are, well, you know…, and let’s begin our list with…

# 6 – Magic Posters

Throughout AbracadaBar there are “enchanted” posters. They normally represent several of the famous magicians who would visit the lounge in the 1930s. However, part of the the story of AbracadaBar is that one night every magician in the bar disappeared, never to be seen again. Every hour on the 13th minute, the posters change and the magicians depicted in them disappear. This is very reminiscent of the effect Be Our Guest Restaurant uses to show a transformation of a “painting” in the West Wing.

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Two of the magician posters “before.” (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Bibbidy bobbidy boo! The two posters “after.” (photo by Brandon Glover)

# 5 – Hidden Mickeys

Fans of Hidden Mickeys are going to need to keep their head on a swivel as there are several of them sprinkled throughout the bar area (including some in stained glass.) Our favorite though has to be what looks like a normal Ace of Clubs playing card, but instead is a cleverly designed Ace of Mickey.

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Every mouse has an ace up its sleeve.  (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Flying Fish Reopens August 3

by on July 28, 2016

The Flying Fish has been closed for refurbishment for the past few months, but I bring news that it will be reopening soon! Reservations for the popular BoardWalk Resort restaurant open tomorrow, July 29 for dates beginning August 3.

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The entire interior has been completely redesigned. Diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated space that pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks. The refreshed interior will feature an all-new onstage kitchen and gorgeous dining room. The tone of the restaurant will be reminiscent of the sea with fantastic architectural accents and a gorgeous chandelier.

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AbracadaBar Now Open at Disney’s BoardWalk

by on July 25, 2016

This weekend, the AbracadaBar opened at Disney’s BoardWalk. The cocktail lounge is located next to the soon-to-be-opening Flying Fish (opening in August) and the Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno.

AbracadaBar Exterior

 

The lounge itself is not very large, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is room for Guests to be seated at either couches or tables, whichever they choose.

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