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


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


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...]

Tables in Wonderland – Special Events for February 2012

Tables in Wonderland at The Wave . . . of American Flavor’s Discovery DinnerAt Disney’s Contemporary ResortThursday, February 16, 20126:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. DinnerMeet at The Wave… of American Flavor’s Main PodiumDress Code - Casual Evening Attire$110 per person, includes tax and gratuity Thomas Gaines has been in the wine industry almost 20 years. He currently overseas sales and marketing for Southern Starz Imports in 13 markets across America and … [Read more...]

The Best Things in the “World” are Free


If you are looking for a few free things to do while you are at Disney World here are a few of my favorites:MonorailTake a ride on the Resort Monorail from the TTC (Ticket and Transportation Center) or the Magic Kingdom, and make your way around as it makes stops at the Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort, The Magic Kingdom, and the Contemporary Resort.  This is a great way to visit these beautiful Deluxe Resorts and to get an overview of the Magic Kingdom as well.Boat … [Read more...]

Disney Food Confession – Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar


Where can you find it?Available through out the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts.What is it?Vanilla Ice Cream surrounded by a chocolate coating.Why you want it?Ice Cream in the shape of Mickey Mouse..Yum!Photo Credit:by Lisa Kline1 via flickrIf you have a Disney Food Confession email me at dulcie@chipandco.com. Let me know the What, Where, and Why you love it so much. We would love to feature your picture and link to your website or blog if you have … [Read more...]