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O’hana In-Room Twilight Feast at the Polynesian

Wanna pig out on O’hana’s delicious Asian inspired food, but wanna do it in your jammies? Friends, allow me to introduce you to the Twilight Feast in-room dining experience at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Mark this in-room dining experience under the “deal of the century” category for anyone staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. O’hana, the Poly’s incredible family style table service restaurant, is one of the most popular dining experiences on Walt Disney World property and with good reason. The atmosphere is hard to beat, the views from the restaurant are stunning, the food is plentiful and delicious and the meal caps off with their signature dessert, bread pudding. The only thing hard to swallow about O’hana is, like most things at Walt Disney World, the price. At $54 per adult, it can be an expensive meal if you aren’t going to shovel in “all you care to enjoy”. While it’s not a buffet, it’s all you can eat of the foods they serve. (Of course if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, it’s only one table service credit and a good use of one at that.)

The Twilight Feast (pictured above), offered after 5pm and at $60 (per guest it states, but I will elaborate on that later) includes all the trimmings:

  • a loaf of Pineapple Coconut bread and butter
  • a large bowl Mixed Greens with Lilikoi Dressing
  • Sticky Wings (2)
  • Potstickers (4)
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Szechuan Sirloin Beef
  • Spicy Grilled Peel and Eat Shrimp (4)
  • Sautéed Vegetables
  • Teriyaki Noodles
  • peanut and sweet and sour sauces
  • a carafe of Sunset Punch (Passion Orange Guava juice)
  • Bread Pudding

SO. MUCH. FOOD. In fact TOO MUCH FOOD for one person.

I mentioned above that the menu states it’s $60 per guest, but they allow and encourage sharing. When I called to order “for one” they asked how many would be dining. We ordered one Twilight Feast for the two of us. They sent two utensil rolls, two glasses and because we don’t eat shrimp, they doubled up on the wings, chicken and beef. Substitutions are definitely allowed. We pigged out and still had enough food (and drink) for both of us to have a big lunch the next day (with a couple of pieces of chicken to spare). So for $60 (plus 18% gratuity) we got four delicious meals! We easily could have fed our family of three (two adults and a 16 year old healthy eater) and still had food left for one of us to fight over the next day.

Pictured below, (with the full size coffee pot for size reference) is the amount of food we had left over. Plus a half a bowl of salad, half a bread pudding and half a carafe of juice. We carb loaded on the bread since we were running the next morning. Yeah, that’s why we ate an entire loaf of bread. 😉

The ONLY thing you may want to consider is adding an extra order of bread pudding if you plan to share this meal with more than two people. I am not a fan of the bread pudding (I know, I know) so my husband enjoyed it with both dinner and lunch the next day. If our daughter had been with us, there wouldn’t have been a crumb left after dinner.

It’s important to note that we stayed in a DVC villa, so we not only had a larger fridge to store the leftovers, we had a microwave, plates and utensils. If you are dining in a regular room, you won’t have those at your disposal.

As DVC members with the Polynesian as our home resort, it was decided that the ordering in the Twilight Feast would be a tradition each time we visit, we enjoyed it (and the bang for our buck) THAT much!

Want to plan your next Walt Disney World stay at the Polynesian Village Resort and enjoy the Twilight Feast for yourself? We can help you get there! Simply fill out our quote form here or email us at travel@getdowntodisness.com and one of our incredible partner agents with Destinations to Travel will be in touch shortly.

 

By | January 14th, 2020|Disness Reports|

The Get Down to Disness ULTIMATE Disney Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

Okay, the stuffed Mickeys are adorable. Who doesn’t love a fun, Disney inspired mug (check my cabinets, guilty as charged) or a cozy set of Mickey jammies? We all now Becky LOVES some glittery ears, what’s one more pair, right? But what if…what if some GENIUS holiday fairy dropped off some original, insanely personal, relevant AND useful gift ideas for the Disney lover in your life? (Not all Disney lovers are created equal, by the way.) Go ahead and table that creepy elf on the shelf because the Disness elves are here to save you time, money and make you the holiday hero you’ve always dreamt of being.

1. For the Family Disney Trip Planner

You know this person, no matter how many people are traveling to Disney, this person always willingly elects themselves the family Disney trip planner. They build spreadsheets, they email countless itineraries, they have post-it notes stuck in ever square inch of their home office or as they like to call it “Mousequarters.”

For us in the Disness office, this person is OUR kind of people. They speak the sacred language of the mega planner and we salute them. They were at the heart of The Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda Book’s inception. It was these kind of diligent planners that this agenda was created for and this is the gift they have been longing for.

You may not understand it, but when they unwrap this agenda with it’s…erasable pen (swoon)…your stock will rise immensely. The trip planner in your life will thank you and be delighted to know that you appreciate all the effort they put in to planning your family’s flawless Disney vacations.

The Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda Book, now in it’s 5th edition, has assisted over five thousand Disney-loving folks plan out their days so they don’t miss a thing! Naturally, we’ve included the erasable pen with the book because if anyone knows plans can and will change, it’s us! Our Amazon.com customers love it and have great things to say, you can read the reviews here.

 

2. For Those Darned Stockings

I can’t be the only one who agonizes over what goes into the family Christmas stockings year after year. Or the dreaded “White Elephant” gift exchange-how many candles/cheap blankets/tear off desk calendars can I try and regift?! You guys have GOT to check out our Magical Snack Match Card Game.

For one, this is completely unique. This is not something you can just find in any store. Chances are your recipient has never laid eyes on these beauties. (Unless of course they are in our Disness community, then they’re just super smart and doubly deserve a set for themselves.) For starters, there are so many fun card games that you can play with this one deck. (Think long car rides to Disney…now picture them happening in peace.) Secondly the photography on these cards are as mouth watering as the Disney Parks snacks they represent. You will feel like you are holding the beloved Dole Whip right in your hand. And lastly, the Disney Parks trivia buff on your holiday shopping list will certainly get a kick out of the fun facts that each card has about it’s respective snack. Check out the commercial we made for Magical Snack Match here!

 

 

3. For the Coffee Table Enthusiast

Call me crazy, but I love mail. I love good, old fashioned snail mail. I love getting real cards and letters, I even love junk mail, but what I love most of all is when my print copy of WDW Magazine comes to my mailbox. Flipping through those gorgeous glossy pages I am immediately transported to my most magical place on earth. Many copies I just keep intact because they’re just so lovely, but I also enjoy framing pictures and using them as background for our family trip pictures in shadowboxes or photo albums.

The WDW Magazine Calendar is also a great way to brighten up the family kitchen/command center, home or work office, anywhere that is in need of some Disney magic on a daily basis. (Hello-that’s everywhere, buy a bunch of these babies!)

The good folks at WDW Magazine also has a breathtaking coffee table book the “Best of WDW Volume 2”…it’s the perfect centerpiece to your living room, I love ours hanging out front and center and in arm’s reach whenever I need a Disney World fix.

If you happen to be giving the gift of Disney to someone who prefers their news and entertainment on the go, then definitely consider giving them a a digital subscription to WDW Magazine. As a former Long Island Railroad commuter, I know that if I had access to that back in my commuting days I probably would have been a whole lot less…Grumpy.

Use code BLACKFRIDAY for FREE SHIPPING on WDW Magazine Products!

 

4. For the BIG Dreamer Who Gets the BIGGEST Cheers

Okay, you’re planning on going to Disney this year ANYWAY, right? Why put off the big announcement, why not book that baby and let the whole family know at Christmas! (Man, talk about putting the big guy in the red suit in his place!) The best part is, you are just a click away from getting specialized planning, promotion monitoring, a wealth of Disney knowledge and a crazy amount of enthusiasm delivered right to your inbox or phone.

Once you contact one of our knowledgeable agents at Destinations to Travel the hard work is off your to-do list. They will respond to your inquiry quickly, listen, advise and create the best possible Disney vacation you can dream of and WITHIN your budget! No one is going to do any crazy up-selling or overcharge you, these agents work for you and at no cost to you!

For a FREE, ZERO OBLIGATION quote, click here.

 

5. For the Big Trip Reveal

We hear it a lot, families who have booked their trips and want to let the family know but in a cool, unique way and even better, as the star of the Christmas gift show. (After all, we are taking you to Disney, must we still buy the Legos!) We love the idea of giving personalized trip shirts from our good friends at Celebration Shirts.
(Use code Disness at checkout and receive an additional 10% off!)

If you can dream it, they can create it! And, even better, if your brain is just tired from all the holiday madness, there are plenty of pre-designed ideas to choose from. My favorite part is shopping from my jammies, coffee in hand, doggie at feet and I am marking off Christmas gifts like a boss!

Check out their “Mickey Shaped Snacks” shirt, it’s my favorite! As part of your trip reveal, any of the above mentioned gifts would be great along with a set of Mickey ears, a lanyard with some pins to trade or an empty autograph book that is just itching to be filled!

 

6. For the Amateur Planner Who is Ready to Go Pro

You’re reading this because the Disney fans in your life mean the world to you. You are looking for those perfect and special gifts that just SCREAM, “I get you.” You want something that doesn’t have a one size fits all feel, something that maybe they wouldn’t think to buy for themselves or they’re just always too busy worrying about everyone else that they just don’t ever invest in themselves. A gift that says both “I love you.” and “It’s YOUR turn.”

For many people in our Disness Facebook community they have an insatiable love of Disney Parks and travel. They are reading all the blogs, they are following all the specials, they are planning trips not only for themselves but for everyone they know and never are expecting anything in return, they.just.love.it. Imagine now if you could give the gift of becoming a paid travel agent to this special person in your life.

Imagine if you could give them a leg up on the competition? Imagine if you could give them the confidence boosting tools to become  a Disney-focused travel agent and actually earn money for planning these trips?

Last year, our Chief Disnesswoman, Kat Wolfe, introduced the Get Down to Disness Agent Prep Program: Fundamental Steps to Launch Your Career as a Disney-Focused Travel Planner. It’s an online, 5 module complete program that sets students on the path to realizing their dream of being a Disney-focused travel agent. For any amateur planners wanting to go pro, give this program a serious look. There is no other program like it available. While anyone can a travel agent, not everyone will be successful. There is a formula that includes sales, marketing and customer service know-how, that without, success will be elusive.

But it’s not for everyone. Being a travel agent of any kind, in this case with a focus on Disney destinations, requires a certain set of skills and attributes before you can even consider enrolling in a program to get you on your way. Take a look here at this Skills Evaluation Worksheet and if you think your loved one has what it takes, look further into the Agent Prep Program. We’ve welcomed 70 students over the last twelve months and every graduate that has applied for an agent position has been hired. The entire program is a very nurturing experience, that doesn’t end when you complete the final exam. Like everything we do at Get Down to Disness®, this program is designed to uplift, surprise and delight. You can read just a few of the comments we have received from our students, here.

There are so many incredible ways to celebrate the true Disney lover in your life, and the best part, you’re already “in line” to make many of these purchases by just hanging out on your laptop or Smartphone. Say goodbye to mediocre gifts that feel impersonal, and DEFINITELY bid adieu to the craziness that is Black Friday and the mall parking lot. We all love that feeling of being seen and knowing that someone took the time to find something that speaks to us beyond the impulse rack at their local Big Box store. We’ll keep the fact that you had your own set of less creepy elves helping you out. Happy Shopping Heroes!

 

By | November 19th, 2019|Disness Reports|

5 Ways to Fa-la-la-la-la in Disney Without the Party Pressure

You are the ultimate holiday elf, you are the hero of the family. You are taking your family to the most magical place on earth during the most magical time of the year…Christmas in Disney! But now what…you aren’t really feeling the holiday party vibe, but you want the family to experience all of the Disney holiday FEELS. What’s a festive family to do if they aren’t hitting Jingle Bell Jingle Bam?! Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle, we are here to help.

It’s no secret that Disney does the ultimate Christmas; being “extra” is just how they roll and the holidays are no exception. There are so many popular, publicized events that they make having a Merry Christmas a complete no-brainer. For starters there’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Hollywood Studios’ popular holiday party “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” and of course the iconic and beautifully orchestrated “Candlelight Processional” at Epcot, but what else is there for you to do away from the fray? Here are my top five suggestions for immersing your family in holiday magic off the popular park party path. (Say that three times fast!)

 

#1: OH SNAP-I smell gingerbread cookies!

No one does gingerbread quite like Walt Disney World resorts! The scent is intoxicating and is immediately associated with all things good, warm and Christmasy. (Which may not be a word, but absolutely should be!) Make it a point to tour the resorts if not for any other reason than to check out their amazing gingerbread displays. The Grand Floridian has larger than life gingerbread houses in their expansive lobby. (You can even buy a shingle to nibble on.)

The Yacht & Beach Club won’t be outdone as have a moving gingerbread carousel with a mini village and working train in their lobby. “It’s a Small World” fans may be interested in stopping by The Contemporary as they’ve been known to have displays done by famed artist and Small World designer Mary Blair. If gingerbread isn’t your thing but cozy fireplaces, enormous Christmas trees and the illusion of a Northeastern chill (but without the pesky snow and flight delays) are your thing, swing by Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and cozy up to their fireplace while relaxing in their spacious, yet cozy cabin-like lobby. You’ll never want to get up from their deep, comfortable couches.

 

#2: On Dasher! On Dancer!

What’s Christmas without a sleigh ride? There may not be any reindeer involved, but your family can have it’s own sleigh ride at either Port Orleans-Riverside or at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resorts. For a nominal fee, your family can be whisked away on a 25 minute sleigh ride while you discuss who REALLY made the naughty and nice lists.

 

#3: Toast to a Happy New Year in style

Kids don’t corner the market on holiday excitement, anticipation and cheer! Build in some adult time to toast to both the old and the new at somewhere fun like Disney Springs’ new Wine Bar George. Kick back with a glass of their holiday house specialty mulled wine and savor the holidays with the people you love. Wine Bar George is the perfect blend of laid back and elegant style. If you’re fortunate enough to be spending Christmas Eve in Disney, make your reservations NOW to have a delicious prime rib Christmas Eve dinner at Wine Bar George. Santa shouldn’t be the only one with a happy belly on Christmas Eve!

#4: Gazing at one, big Christmas tree is SO basic

Why “ooooooo” and “ahhhhhh” at just one giant Christmas tree when you can walk the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs and be blown away by 27 Disney themed Christmas trees?! Stroll down the trail during a gentle snowfall and marvel at decorations only Disney could dream up. (A Haunted Mansion tree-yep, they’ve thought of that!) All of that strolling and marveling will surely work up an appetite which is great, because there are holiday snacks AS festive as the trees waiting to tempt your sweet tooth. How does Frozen Hot Chocolate or Frozen Egg Nog sound? (I’ll have one of each!) And you know, there will be a coveted holiday themed popcorn bucket for sale that you will just HAVE to have!

#5: Who am I kidding; we HAVE to go to the parks!

We aren’t going to lie, the parks are going to be BUSY. Lots of people had the same amazing idea that you did, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check out all of the holiday magic that the parks have to offer. Magic Kingdom, of course will have amazing decorations, Santa will be hanging out at Tour Guide Gardens (next to City Hall) and characters will be decked out in their holiday best.

Animal Kingdom will FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER be putting their best holiday food forward and going all out with new lights, new music and a holiday dance party in Dino Land. Hollywood Studios will wow you with their snow, their amazing light shows and if the 10 ft tall Hamm sugar cookie in Toy Story Land doesn’t melt a frozen heart, I’m not sure what will.

But to me, Epcot is holiday central. I love the “cookie stroll” through the countries as well as the amazing “holiday kitchens” throughout World Showcase. Munch on tasty treats while listening to storytellers and holiday music. The kids (and adults) will get a kick out of Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt throughout the park. Lastly, don’t forget there is a BRAND NEW nighttime show happening at Epcot now…and apparently “forever” as it’s ambitiously titled, “Epcot Forever.”

To me, Disney is always one of those places that is so much more than just the attractions and characters, there are gems hidden in plain sight all over the property. Christmas is the perfect time to dig a little deeper and discover some holiday magic where you may not have thought to look for it.

Are you looking to plan a Walt Disney World Resort holiday vacation ? Let us help! Send us an email or fill out this quote form and tell us a little bit about the Magical Disney adventure you are looking to have. Our Authorized Disney Vacation Planners with Destinations to Travel are out of this world!

 

By | November 19th, 2019|Disness Reports|

The Inexplicable Joy of Disney Planning

Inexplicable to some, but not us. Am I right? If you’re reading this, it’s because you are my people. The attraction-loving, ear-wearing, character-meeting, pin-trading Disney traveler that pines to return to the Magic the moment your vacation is over. You are someone that uses Disney planning as a means to cope with not being ensconced inside an enchanting world where the stresses of daily life don’t seem to exist. That kind of euphoria found only at the Walt Disney World Resort is addicting! And because we can’t take leave of reality every day, planning gives us a satisfying taste of  what our future at the most magical place on earth will be and we keep coming back for more. Dream it. Plan it. Do it. Repeat.

At Get Down to Disness®, we focus wholly on Disney travel planning and in the true spirit of Disney, subscribe to the concept of edutainment. Teaching our friends, fans and followers all the ins and outs, tips, tricks and fun facts to enhance their vacations in creative, captivating ways. We’ve studied the Walt Disney Travel Company, and aspire to surprise and delight our guests, clients and customers in the same way they do theirs. Our motto is “Planning is Half the Fun” and we stand by that. Doing all we can to PLUS the planning experience of everyone we touch, giving the entire process magical feels way before the countdown calendar hits “0”.

Disney planning however, isn’t one size fits all and we realize that. Wanting to advise, guide and support each type of Disney vacation planner, we have segmented our focus on planning into three distinct tiers. Within each we offer information, products and services to help our friends fulfill their Disney vacation dreams. We believe, after years immersed in the industry, Disney planning enthusiasts want to either: plan LIKE a pro, plan WITH a pro or BE a planning a pro. Our deep love and passion (ok, obsession) for Disney planning has us working around the clock constantly to provide all the necessary tools no matter what type of planner you may be.

 

To Plan Like a Pro

Most of us fall in this category. We are infatuated with our Disney vacation plans. Simply engrossed in all the details in every moment of our spare time. It’s actually a hobby, but one we treat like a part-time job. With our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening at the Walt Disney World Resort, we take notes, strategize, plot, plan and dream up what we consider to be the ultimate vacation outline. For folks who want to plan like a pro, our FREE Private Facebook Community is an extremely valuable resource.

It’s not only a place to ask your burning Disney questions, but you’ll also find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. On top of the community providing priceless information, it’s packed with a ton of fun, engaging and social activities that really bond members and help forge friendships. The no-nonsense membership policy makes it a safe and fun place to be without fear of judgement or snarky responses. If you can’t be nice, you can’t stay.

Our Planning Products

Since planning is truly our passion and at the core of everything we do, it should come as no surprise that we’ve created a daily planner just for the Walt Disney World Resort. The Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda Book, now in it’s 5th edition, has assisted over five thousand Disney-loving folks plan out their days so they don’t miss a thing! Naturally, we’ve included an erasable pen with the book because if anyone knows plans can and will change, it’s us! Our Amazon.com customers love it and have great things to say, you can read the reviews here.

Last year, we introduced a little passion project, the Magical Snack Match Card Game. On the surface, it appears to just be a fun family game, but it’s true purpose is getting users familiar with the fun snacks that can be found in and around the Walt Disney World Resort. We know our audience and we know they love snacking! With so many ways to play while learning, it’s an example of edutainment at it’s finest. At least we think so! Check out the commercial we made for Magical Snack Match here!

Our social media channels, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, all are stocked with tips, fun facts, must-dos and other ways to really knock your vacation out of the theme park. Follow along with us and you will be planning like a pro in no time at all. We don’t just show you what to do, we show you how to do it.

To Plan with a Pro

D-I-Y Disney planning is fabulously fun, but it’s also very time consuming. Having a good plan makes for a great vacation. But listen, there is no shame in the travel agent game! So if you simply don’t have the time or desire to get into the planning trenches, I absolutely recommend you get yourself a Disney-focused travel agent. Years ago, I partnered with the incomparable, Authorized Disney Travel Planner agency, Destinations to Travel. I’ve been an agent with them, senior advisor for them and business partner of theirs for many years. I stand by their agents’ abilities and would trust them to plan my very own vacations…if I didn’t obsess over my own planning. 😉

The Pros of Using a Pro

When you utilize the services of a Destinations to Travel agent, you:

  • Have control over how involved you want to be in the planning process.
  • Don’t need to get up early or stress about securing Advanced Dining Reservations or FastPass+ selections.
  • Can relax knowing your agent price-watches promotions to ensure you are paying the best available price for your package.
  • Can take comfort in knowing you have a lifeline should ANYTHING happen during your vacation that you need assistance with.
  • Won’t pay an extra dime for these concierge level services when your package is booked with your agent.
  • Usually get some great booking gifts!

If YOU want to be the one to secure dining reservations and FastPass selections, you are 100% more than welcome to. However, if those tasks are too stressful for you and you wish to defer to the pros, your agent will take on these planning services at ZERO cost to you. When you work with a travel agent, it’s like having a Disney BFF to bounce ideas off of. You have the big plans, they are responsible for making it happen. It’s a no-brainer for first-timers, first time in a long timers, or anyone who simply cannot take on the monumental task of planning for Walt Disney World.

Things can happen, sometimes not so pleasant things. For anyone new to Walt Disney World or to its more recent digital environment, having an agent to defer any crisis or emergency to, especially when it costs you nothing more, just makes sense. Disney-focused agents live and breathe the Disney universe day in and out. With things constantly changing at the resort, knowing an agent has your back is priceless! For a FREE, ZERO OBLIGATION quote, click here.

 

To Be a Planning Pro

The DREAM JOB! I have it and if you want it, you can have it too. If you’ve ever been told by family and friends that “you should be a Disney travel agent”, maybe you should think about it. I mean, what’s better than living and breathing Disney 24/7, planning outrageously fun Disney days and strategizing the ultimate theme park touring plans? I’ll tell you what…getting PAID to do it! On top of earning money, there is a whole slew of incredible perks that come along with it!

I personally spent years thinking I could never do it. I thought wrong and if you think you can’t, you’re thinking wrong too.

Our Training Products

Last year I introduced the Get Down to Disness Agent Prep Program: Fundamental Steps to Launch Your Career as a Disney-Focused Travel Planner. It’s an online, 5 module complete program that sets students on the path to realizing their dream of being a Disney-focused travel agent. For any amateur planners wanting to go pro, give this program a serious look. There is no other program like it available. While anyone can become a travel agent, not everyone will be successful. There is a formula that includes sales, marketing and customer service know-how, that without, success will be elusive.

But it’s not for everyone. Being a travel agent of any kind, in this case with a focus on Disney destinations, requires a certain set of skills and attributes before you can even consider enrolling in a program to get you on your way. Take a look here at this Skills Evaluation Worksheet and if you think you have what it takes, look further into the Agent Prep Program. We’ve welcomed 70 students over the last twelve months and every graduate that has applied for an agent position has been hired. The entire program is a very nurturing experience, that doesn’t end when you complete the final exam. Like everything we do at Get Down to Disness®, this program is designed to uplift, surprise and delight. You can read just a few of the comments we have received from our students, here.

For existing travel agents with a focus on Disney destinations that are struggling to grow their business, our new Plussing It Membership Site is our solution. This membership provides a complete done-for-you social media plan for each month of the year. It includes core training on building your business, bonus images, trainings and downloads to help you deliver the best service to your guests. Currently in beta development, the Plussing It Membership Site goes live on 1/1/20.

Planning IS SERIOUSLY Half the Fun

As you can see, we take planning VERY SERIOUSLY here at Get Down to Disness, but we are also serious about the fun we have. Everything we do has an element of joy. That spoonful of sugar Ms. Poppins sang about, we serve it with every piece of free content, product, promotion and service we offer. At the core of absolutely every single thing is that Disney planning magic. We recognized long ago the power of Disney vacation anticipation. How it makes us feel, how we crave it and how it truly is half the fun of the entire vacation process. To some, the enjoyment may very well be inexplicable, but to me and I’m guessing you too, it makes practically perfect sense.

Q: So tell us, how do YOU plan for Disney? Let us know in the comments!

By | November 18th, 2019|Disness Reports|

Where to Get My Disney Holiday Grub On

You’ve DONE it; you’ve taken the plunge and decided to do the holidays in Disney! Celebrating at the most magical place on earth is absolutely the ultimate in holiday fabulousness. There are no halls decked more festively than Disney World’s. You have checked off all the appropriate planning boxes (hopefully beginning with enlisting one of our amazing travel agents) like getting a great price for your flight, the perfect resort to call “home,” secured any party tickets you might like and of course you know where you’re going to eat your delicious holiday meal…record scraaaatch…you DON’T know where you will eat?! You don’t know what will be open? Fear not, consider us your holiday culinary elves. We have our top five Walt Disney World Holiday Meals ready for you to dive into. Stick a fork in your worries, they.are.DONE.

 

#1: Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

This is most likely a no brainer for anyone who has ever visited Walt Disney World and eaten at this Liberty Square staple. It’s “Thanksgiving” every night at dinner when you are served family style all the traditional fixings. Turkey, Pork, Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, delicious rolls, salad in an addictive vinaigrette, stuffing and a seasonal vegetable. Save room for easily the best dessert on Disney property the “Ooey, Gooey Toffee Cake”. This warm, almost cookie like cake is served in an “iron” skillet with a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream. Although the holidays are a time for sharing and commaraderie, you will be fighting over every last bite of this dish! Liberty Tree Tavern will be open for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

#2: Whispering  Canyon in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Situated in my favorite resort on property, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge ,Whispering Canyon is going to be a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner like you’ve never experienced before. For starters, the servers will feel like family the moment you sit down. The atmosphere is laid back and hospitable. The landscape of the resort is that of a cozy, Northeastern lodge complete with a stone fireplace to cozy up to. Your meal will be served family style, just as you’d want it served in your own home. Dig into turkey, ham, beef strip loin. stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and cornbread. (Ask them for ketchup, just for fun…trust us.) A really lovely way to travel to Wilderness Lodge from the Magic Kingdom is via boat. It’s a relaxing, serene way to take in the sights of beautiful Bay Lake and count your blessings.

#3: Ale & Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Ale and Compass is a relatively new restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club resort and is quickly gaining popularity in part to it’s relaxed atmosphere and delicious New England inspired menu. For both Christmas and Thanksgiving, Ale & Compass will be serving both brunch and dinner. Your holiday meal is also the perfect time to soak in the beautiful holiday decorations adorning the resort. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a lovely Norman Rockwell holiday painting…with a happy holiday belly.

#4: Wine Bar George in Disney Springs

Wine Bar George is new and hot on the scene in Disney. It’s a famed wine bar which boasts an astounding 140 choices available for wine enthusiasts. Enjoy a glass of their holiday favorite mulled wine while you spend your Christmas Eve dinner feasting on succulent prime rib, potatoes au gratin (which if you’ve never had, they are worth the trip) and roasted asparagus. The atmosphere is relaxed and yet still manages to make you feel like you’re having a festive dinner in an upscale, trendy, city winery.

#5: Biergarten in Epcot’s World Showcase

This may seem like an odd choice for folks not of German descent. It’s “Thanksgiving” (also open for Christmas) why am I going to have dinner in “Germany?” For starters, if you’ve never been, the setting is that of an idyllic German Biergarten. The lights are dim, there’s greenery and trees surrounding the hall. There’s live music and warm hospitality of your German hosts. German food itself if you’ve never had it is very straightforward. Although the names may sound harsh and off putting, the food itself is delicious, even to the pickiest of palettes. Meats are cooked to fork tender perfection, herbs that are used are mild and not overpowering and there is truly something to suit everyone. Think tender meats, succulent gravies, potatoes, salads and you have a holiday meal similar to what you loved as a kid, but so unique that you are likely to never forget your Thanksgiving in “Germany.”

The holidays are a popular time to visit Walt Disney World, and why the heck not, it’s the most magical time of year in the most magical place. Make your holiday dining reservations EARLY, plan ahead and better yet, let one of our amazing travel agents make those arrangements for you. All you’ll need todo is bring the jolly and an empty stomach!

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By | October 25th, 2019|Disness Reports, Uncategorized|