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Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Part 2 + Video

by on January 2, 2018

Happy New Year TouringPlans.com Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you all the best for 2018.

Today’s video is Part 2 of my Disney’s Contemporary Resort overview. I’ll be talkin’ pools, dining, recreation and amenities.

Enjoy!

Oh! and here’s Part 1 if you missed that!

I’m just now realizing that I used the EXACT same picture for both video thumbnails. *face palm*

Did you make any Disney resolutions for 2018? Mine is to take more photos. Leave yours below!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Part 1 + Video

by on December 19, 2017

Hi everyone!

Let’s take the monorail to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Today, I’ll be covering the resort’s theme, rooms, room views and transportation.

Enjoy!

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Celebration at the Top at California Grill Extended

by on March 14, 2017

Celebration at the Top

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I guess it’s been a popular new offering because the Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip, and Sparkle event has officially been extended. The event, which was announced a little less than a month ago, will now occur through September 24 on select Sunday evenings at the California Grill which is located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

During the evening, Guests will enjoy complimentary bar offerings and a variety of small plates, including canapés, sushi rolls, flatbreads and more. Beverages will include a complimentary bar offering California wines, beers, and cordials. Guests then have the opportunity to relax and dine in the private Sonoma Room and Napa Room for one hour prior to the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Once the fireworks are about to begin, Guests will be able to head out to their private observation deck for a fantastic view,the lights dimmed and the music pipped in. Petit fours, coffee, and cordials and desserts will follow.

The cost of Celebration at the Top is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity and complimentary valet parking is included. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

SATURDAY SIX: The Best Resort Specific Merchandise at Walt Disney World

by on January 7, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at The Best Resort Specific Merchandise at WDW! Longtime readers of this fine blog series will remember that we have looked at the Best Souvenirs at Disney, the Best at Universal, and even the Best Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist. Heck, we even risk our lives and sanity each and every month to deliver you the fabled Disney Outlet Store Photo Report. So it is safe to say, we like merch. Now, one of our favorite types of theme park resort merchandise is the stuff you can get at the onsite hotels. When looking at them back at home, they instantly remind us of the great times we had on vacation and the places we have stayed at. Disney has always been the industry leader at incredible resort specific merchandise, but several years ago the company switched to a more homogeneous look for much of its hotel merchandise. With a very similar style of logo for various resorts all on the same type of items (t-shirts, coffee cups, keychains, etc), it was like Disney was running a Zazzle account writ large. Thankfully, more original merchandise has started to make its way back to the resorts, along with some old favorites. Today we’re going to look at our favorite resort specific merchandise, starting with…

# 6 – Camper Keychain at Fort Wilderness

Believe it or not, Disney’s Fort Wilderness campgound has one of the highest amounts of great resort specific merchandise on property. From great looking pins and shirts to amazing prints, Fort Wilderness offers an array of unique items that most other WDW hotels can’t compete with. There’s even a Fort Wilderness air freshener! Our absolute favorite piece of merch is the Camper Keychain ($9.99). Not only is this an incredibly creative keychain compared to what you’ll find at other resorts, the headlight of the camper is a working flashlight! Talk about the Disney Difference, and be prepared to talk about your Disney vacation when your friends and family back home see your cute keychain.

Fort Wilderness Camper Keychain.

The camper’s headlight is an actual working flashlight!

Plastic Mason Jar Travel Mug.

Fort Wilderness Air Freshener with “Wild Woods Scent.” To be fair, while we say it is unique that Fort Wilderness has its own air freshener, we will stipulate to the fact that no one would want an All Star Music air freshener anyway. We do wonder what the scent of “Pop Century” would be though….

The SATURDAY SIX mobile sits outside Coronado Springs with the inside smelling like Fort Wilderness.

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Walt Disney World Holiday News and Updates

by on December 22, 2016

Walt Disney World Christmas

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The busy holiday season is coming up this weekend at Walt Disney World and because of that, here are a few things you should keep in mind if you are planning on visiting the theme parks to celebrate.

First, at the Magic Kingdom, Guests will be able to experience many of the events that typically occur during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here is the schedule of events:

December 23-28

  • Voiceplay (musical group) – 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 23-29

  • Holiday Wishes – 9:00 p.m.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration (Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage) – 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
  • Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party – 1:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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Walt Disney World Introduces New Highway in the Sky Dine Around

by on November 29, 2016

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Have you ever wanted to take part in a progressive dinner at the Walt Disney World monorail resort restaurants? With the brand new dining adventure called Highway in the Sky Dine Around, you’ll be able to do just that.

Guests will be able to enjoy a five-course meal that will include cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert and will feature stops at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Plus Guests will receive a VIP guide and a private viewing of Wishes.

The event begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors where you’ll enjoy a specialty cocktail. From there, you’ll head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of island-inspired beverages and appetizers.

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Five Disney World Resorts to See During Your Vacation

by on November 14, 2016

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Resort Hopping is one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World! Visiting the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, and The Polynesian Village Resort are as much on my trip to-do list as Pirates of the Caribbean or devouring a Mickey Premium Bar. That being said, I feel that guests who skip the resorts, or who don’t know they are allowed to visit the resorts, fail to achieve the full Walt Disney World experience. So for those who don’t know, anyone is allowed to visit the Walt Disney World Resorts, even if they’re not a guest of that resort or of any resort on property. But why should you? That’s what I intend to address in my five Disney World Resorts to See During Your Vacation!

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The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Let’s start with Walt Disney World’s flagship resort, shall we? The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa boasts a Victorian Florida theme and is Disney’s take on luxury and sophistication. But no need to worry about feeling out of place or having rambunctious kids in tow. While the Grand Floridian Resort is like stepping into an old fashioned postcard, this is a Disney World Resort after all!

How to Get There

If driving your own car or a rental car, the Grand Floridian Resort is located at 4401 Floridian Way in Orlando, Florida, just off Seven Seas Drive.

Free transportation to and from the resort consists of Disney Buses, Ferry Boats, and the most famous mode of Disney transportation of all, the Monorail! A 1 mile walking path between the resort and the Polynesian Village Resort is also provided, offering views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Wedding Pavilion, and the Magic Kingdom Park in the distance.

Why You Should Visit

The Lobby

A number of Walt Disney World Resorts boast awe-inspiring lobbies, and the Grand Floridian’s lobby is at the top of the list! In addition to a grand staircase, a cage elevator, and enchanting Disney-inspired tilework under your feet, the Grand Floridian’s 5-story lobby is topped with stained glass domes and massive chandeliers. Tip: For the holidays, a life-size gingerbread house and a towering Victorian Christmas tree occupy the lobby and are must-sees!

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The Grand Floridian’s women’s boutique

Live Music

Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, a live pianist and the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra alternate playing popular turn-of-the-century tunes and Disney songs!

The Shopping

The Grand Floridian Resort offers more shops than any other Walt Disney World Resort, which is why it’s one of my favorite locations to hunt for resort exclusive merch, Disney Dooney and Bourke bags, and that perfect souvenir to take home.

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Let Loose on New Year’s Eve with Disney Countdown to Midnight Celebration

by on June 30, 2016

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Celebrate good times and ring in 2017 with a fun party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! With Disney Countdown to Midnight, you can celebrate the New Year in style with an unforgettable experience.

The fun will take place at the Fantasia Ballroom where Guests will be able to enjoy the “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings from favorite restaurants such as California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee’s. In addition, Guests who are 21 years of age and older can enjoy a cocktail or two.

From there, you’ll be able to dance the evening away courtesy of tunes from an interactive DJ who will play music spanning from the ‘60s to today! You’ll also be able to catch the band Alter Ego who will perform a dance-filled revue. The evening will continues as you stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today—complete with a retro twist.

Concludes the night as you watch the incredible “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Spectacular from the Magic Kingdom which will officially celebrate the arrival of 2017, alongside a champagne toast.

There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and Guests will receive a special souvenir to commemorate the night.

In addition, complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

This ticketed event will cost $225 per Guest (tax and gratuity included), and takes place from 8:00 p.m. on December 31 (with official check in beginning at 7:00 p.m.) to 1:00 a.m. The party is for Guests of all ages and is an all-inclusive affair.

Tickets are limited and Guests may begin booking this option starting on July 4.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call (407) WDW-DINE.

SATURDAY SIX: Walt Disney World locations in Hulk Hogan’s THUNDER IN PARADISE

by on April 30, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at Walt Disney World locations used in Hulk Hogan’s Thunder in Paradise. We’re getting into the DeLorean today with Marty McFly and Doc Brown to head back to the year 1994. It was a simpler time back then. A time when Walt Disney World only had three theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney’s Hollywall’d Studios and soon to be renamed as Disney Studios Escape, Disney’s CineMagic Kingdom, or A Salute to All Movies But Mostly Star Wars).

1994 was also a time where there was not one but TWO successful professional wrestling companies in America. One was WWE (who is still thriving today) and the other was World Championship Wrestling (WCW). In a controversial move at the time, WCW started taping blocks of wrestling shows at Disney-MGM Studios. Because the park was still trying to be a working production facility for movies and TV, an action-adventure television show featuring Hulk Hogan was also filmed on location. That show: Thunder in Paradise.

How to describe Thunder in Paradise? Take Baywatch, strip away all the nuanced storylines and good actors, throw in a high tech speedboat in the vein of Knight Rider/Air Wolf and you pretty much have it. However, Thunder in Paradise does have one thing going for it that will appeal to readers of this fine article series: it shot almost all of its scenes at The World. Who among us doesn’t fondly remember Full House going to WDW? More recently Modern Family shot an entire episode at Disneyland, and it was great! It is awesome seeing the theme parks we know and love in a whole new context. So today we are going to look at some of our favorite WDW locations used in Thunder in Paradise. So sit back, tie that do-rag tight brother, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – DISNEY’S GRAND FLORIDIAN RESORT

The pilot of Thunder in Paradise actually used the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete, Florida as the base camp for Hulk Hogan and crew, but when the show was picked up for a series the following twenty episodes used Disney’s Grand Florida Resort. Fans of the Grand Flo are going to LOVE Thunder in Paradise as at least 25% of the entire series takes place inside or on the grounds of the resort. It’s incredible! You’ll see the lobby, the hallways, the rooms, and the Hulkster even has a dinner in Victoria & Alberts! A lot of scenes are filmed directly in front of the Grand Floridian, with the Scuttlebutt Bar N’ Grill being a major location for the show. The Scuttlebutt is where the Grand Flo’s Beaches pool bar now sits.

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Hulk Hogan and WWE Hall of Famer Sting square off in front of the Grand Floridian.

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A group of muscleheads (including Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart and Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake” playing tug of war in front of the Grand Flo. Should surprise no one who has read the Death of WCW book that the only person on the other side of this rope was Hulk Hogan.

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The Grand Flo lobby. We’re this close to Mizners!

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Hulk Hogan sitting at Victoria & Alberts. As he always said, say your prayers, eat your vitamins, and get up at 6AM 180+10 days out for your ADRs. Brother.

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25 Drinks of Christmas – Day Seventeen: Under the Florida Moon at The Wave

by on December 17, 2015

We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. 

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

DAY SEVENTEEN: Under the Florida Moon at The Wave… of American Flavors (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)

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Under the Florida Moon at The Wave. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Let’s head over to one of our favorite Disney resorts, The Contemporary,  and look at one of the most underrated restaurants on property, The Wave… of American Flavors. Within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom and offering one of the best breakfast buffets at Disney World, The Wave is also a fantastic place to get a drink  with your significant other, or better yet, on your next monorail bar crawl. For our recommendation it was a battle between two drinks we absolutely adore. We first leaned towards The Wavesicle, which was like drinking an orange creamsicle mixed with vodka. Wait, there is something better than that?! Yes, and it is called the Under the Florida Moon. Think of it as a Mimosa topped with a beer, except even better. The combination of citrus flavors is smooth, light, and refreshing while not being overly acidic.

Run, don’t walk, to the real best kept secret at Disney, The Wave… of American Flavors.

Ingredients: 4 Orange Vodka, St – Germain Liqueur, Agave Nectar, and Orange Juice topped with Blue Moon.

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Under the Florida Moon. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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