Visiting the Beaches at Walt Disney World

My son Ian on the Lago Dorado beach at Coronado Springs

I'm sitting here in wintry Pennsylvania, dreaming of warmer weather, sunshine, and sand between my toes!  My family plans a week-long summer vacation to the Jersey shore each June, and I'm also hoping to make a trip to Disney's Hilton Head Island resort this spring.  But, what about Walt Disney World?  Are there beaches to visit there?The answer is "absolutely!"  There are actually several beaches on Disney property.  If you're dreaming of some sand between your toes too, here are some … [Read more...]

Working Out at Walt Disney World


It's January; The time of resolutions. One of the most popular choices for change in the New Year is to lose weight or get in shape. Going on vacation can often put a snag in those plans as we consume excess calories Mickey Bars and perhaps sip a few more Grand Marnier slushes than we should. I know what you are thinking, Disney is A LOT of walking and therefore one should not have to exercise on top of the rigors of park touring.  There are some people who want to keep up their routine even on … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Park & Resort Refurbishment Calendar for January 2013

Please be advised that refurbishment information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting.Magic Kingdom ParkJan. 2 – March 19, 2013: Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the recommended alternate. Jan. 6 – May 17, 2013: Main Street Bakery will be closed for refurbishment. Feb. 1 – 7, 2013: Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment. The Walt Disney World Railroad is the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Chef Mickey’s


Chef Mickey's is a character buffet located in the Contemporary Resort, right next door to the Magic Kingdom. This buffet offers a fun, contemporary setting, along with Mickey and the gang dressed in chef apparel!Since this restaurant does showcase the main mouse himself, Chef Mickey's is one of the most popular restaurants in all of WDW; and today, I'm giving you my top 5 reasons why I think you should try if for yourself!5. Location-A huge part of the Contemporary's appeal is its … [Read more...]

Disney’s California Grill To Get Makeover

Attention fans of the California Grill!  The restaurant that sits atop Disney's Contemporary Resort is closing February 1st for a major makeover!   While executive chef Brian Piasecki is tweaking the menu, the culinary focus will remain on fresh, seasonal creations.The California Grill opened on May 15, 1995, and quickly became a Disney favorite, garnering rave reviews from food critics. In addition to its California fusion cooking and sushi, it's location on the Contemporary 15th floor, is … [Read more...]

Looking for Disney World Christmas Day Church Services?

contempo christmas

 Disney's Contemporary Resort will once again be hosting Disney World Christmas Day Church Services in the Fantasia Ballroom.Catholic services will be held at 8am and 10:15am. Protestant services will be held at 9am.The Contemporary Resort normally limits parking on Christmas Day to their guests only. If you are not staying at the Contemporary Resort, alternate modes of transportation available include traveling via the bus system or monorail. Be sure to allow extra time if your … [Read more...]

Disney World Refurbishment Schedule January 2013 and Beyond

Here is this months Refurbishment and Closure Schedule for Walt Disney World for January 2013 and beyond. Refurbishment/closure information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available at the Disney World Website. CurrentGrand Floridian Spa (Grand Floridian Resort) closed through 12/16/12 due to construction at the resort. The Grand Floridian Fitness Center remains open and guests may use The Spa at Saratoga Springs … [Read more...]

Hungry? Check Out These “Contemporary Resort” Dining Options

ChefMickey Pluto

Walt Disney World offers a huge variety of dining options, from snack stands to full 5 course meals with wine pairings and everything in between! Figuring out where to eat can be a difficult decision, and there are a lot of factors to consider. Disney's Contemporary Resort offers many delicious dining choices, and it's just a short monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom, making it the perfect place to go for a meal and a chance to relax and unwind after a long day of rides and fun at … [Read more...]

Former Disney Castmember Accused of Stealing From Guests


A former Disney castmember is accused of stealing money from guests and transferring it to her own account.  Aurillely Bentancourt was a front desk castmember at the Disney's Contemporary Resort when detectives say she funneled customer's over payments and fraudulent charges into her bank account.Detectives said she took over-payments guests made on rooms and refunded the credit to her own credit card.  She also issued room credits to guests who she said had complained about their room to … [Read more...]

Disney World Refurbishment Schedule December 2012

Here is the Refurb and Closure Schedule for Walt Disney World for December 2012 and beyond. Refurbishment/closure information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available at the Disney World Website. CurrentHoney I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (Hollywood Studios) closed through 11/16/12 for refurbishment. Studio Backlot Tour (Hollywood Studios) closed through 11/16/12 for refurbishment. American Film … [Read more...]