Disney’s California Grill to Close for Refurbishment?

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli from Disney's California Grill

According to disneycontemporary.com, the California Grill may be closing for a lengthy refurbishment in 2013.  The restaurant would close on January 1, 2013 for a 4 to 6 month refurbishment. Rumors have been circulating about roof work but it seems the restaurant may be getting a face lift.I visited the California Grill for the first time in January and had an amazing meal. I didn't see any signs of wear and tear but I may have been too preoccupied with my food! If you have an upcoming trip … [Read more...]


Tables in Wonderland – Discount and Special Events for April and May 2012

Tables in Wonderland Members to receive a discount at La Nouba Cirque du Soleil - Written and directed by Franco Dragone.April 17, 2012 – May 11, 2012Performances on Tuesdays – Saturdays, 6:00pm & 9:00pmDiscounted Price for Category 2 Tickets:Adult: $66.75 plus tax Child: $54.00 plus taxCall 407-WDW-SEAT (407-939-7328) to purchase tickets!Tables In Wonderland members may purchase tickets for themselves and up to three (3) Guests Must show current, valid Tables … [Read more...]


Easter Sunday Worship at Walt Disney World

      In the past, Easter Sunday services have been held in the Fantasia Ballroom, located at Contemporary Resort:  Catholic Mass at  8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m and a Protestant Service at 9:00 a.m.  WDW has not released 2012 Easter Worship plans yet.  Check with guest services at your resort to determine the best transportation options to get to the Contemporary Resort as parking at the monorail resorts has been restricted in years past. If … [Read more...]


Disney World Refurbishment Schedule for April 2012

Here is the Refurb and Closure Schedule for Walt Disney World for March 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.CurrentBay Cove Pool Slide (Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort) closed through 3/16/12 for refurbishment. The pool will remain open.Typhoon Lagoon closed through 3/17/12 for annual refurbishment. Piano Pool … [Read more...]


Disney World Quick Tips – Preserving Space for Large Families

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I am one of those people who will do whatever it takes to stay on property when we visit Disney. I love the Disney resorts as they are a big part of the magic for me. But as much as I enjoy the theming, the ambience, and the convenience of being close to everything, there is one thing I have an issue with at the Disney resorts – the bathrooms.I have stayed at value, moderate and deluxe resorts. The size of the bathroom is usually adequate and last year, at the Contemporary Resort, we even … [Read more...]


Disney World Planning – Picking the Resort & Time of Year

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Currently I am planning a Disney trip for September 2012. Since planning is half the fun I decided to bring everyone along on my planning journey. Follow this series of articles for some fantastic planning tips and ideas and feel free to share your ideas with me to help me on my way!Today is March 6, 2012. I leave for Orlando September 27, 2012. This leaves me a little over six months to plan my trip. The first thing I had to do was choose a resort and a time to travel. I was recently at the … [Read more...]


Tables in Wonderland – 3 Special Events for March 2012

Exclusive Luncheon and Culinary DemonstrationMarch 15th from Raglan Road’s Celebrity Chef Kevin DundonTo celebrate the opening of the Raglan Road St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Irish Master Chef Kevin Dundon will prepare a selection of incredible recipes in an exclusive four-course afternoon luncheon. Enjoy a live demonstration from the James Beard award-winning chef with dishes that honor the best of traditional Irish cuisine.To book your reservation at this prestigious event and kick … [Read more...]


Disney World Refurbishment Schedule March 2012

Here is the Refurb and Closure Schedule for Walt Disney World for March 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.CurrentJamaica Village Pool (Caribbean Beach Resort) closed through 2/17/12. The feature pool and other leisure pools in each village will remain open. Pool slide (Contemporary Resort) closed through 2/17/12. The pool … [Read more...]


Table Service in the Parks vs at the Resorts – Which is Better? Part 2

There are many variables that affect whether table service meals are better in the parks or the resorts. Last time I looked at specialty dining such as character meals, signature dining, buffets, and unique and entertaining restaurants. Today, let’s evaluate table service meals by looking at the convenience factor and the time of day you’ll be eating, shall we? Convenience Transportation. Walt Disney World’s most common form of transportation, buses, connects resorts to theme parks, water … [Read more...]


Table Service in the Parks vs the Resorts – Which is Better? Part 1

This topic stumped me for a while since it clearly falls into the category of it depends. It’s always tough to make recommendations on matters of personal preference since a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work. Even if the same approach doesn’t work for everyone, do some options have a slight edge over others for a majority of visitors? I endeavored to find out.In trying to answer whether eating at table service restaurants in the parks or the resorts wins out, I decided to break … [Read more...]