EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival

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By Frances

EPCOT’s flower and garden festival is amazing! It’s a must see for any Disney Fan. Here is a preview that you can find on the Disney Parks Blog site.

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Addresses to your Favorite WDW Resorts.

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With so many people having GPS systems in their cars it’s important to have the correct address to follow. You can also use these addresses to send your clothes or special goodies ahead of time to your resort.

Deluxe Resorts


Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Polynesian Resort: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: 1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:1001 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside:1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: 3520 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: 1850 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort: 1701 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Music Resort: 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort: 1901 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Pop Century Resort: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Deluxe Villa ResortsBay Lake Tower


Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Villas: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Old Key West Resort: 1510 North Cove Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Magic Kingdom: 3111 World Drive Lake, Buena Vista, FL 32830
Epcot: 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 551 Rainforest Road Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 351 South Studio Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney: 1780 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Water Parks

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: 1494 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Blizzard Beach: 1500 W. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Quick Service Breakfasts on the Disney Dining Plan

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By Melissa L.

With so many people taking advantage of the free Disney Dining Plan promotions each year, a lot of questions seem to pop up about counter service options in Walt Disney World.  Breakfast seems to be the most sought after quick meal (and I don’t blame you, I love to eat but I don’t let food come between me and my park time either)!

I find that it is much easier to snack a breakfast than to grab a quick service one, as aside from food courts the best options tend to be bakeries that offer muffins and other pastries that can utilize snack credits.  You can also get coffee, tea, juice, and water here.  In the long run it may work in your favor to “snack” breakfasts and save your counter service credits for bigger meals!

Here’s a quick overview of counter service stops in the parks:

Magic Kingdom – Main Street Bake Shop is my fave choice for breakfast here.  Currently there are no quick service breakfasts offered at the Magic Kingdom restaurants, however, snacking one of the tempting selections here is a great choice (and this may change with the opening of the new Fanstasyland expansion)!

Epcot – Boulangerie Patisserie in World Showcase is my fave choice and they offer both snack and quick service options for all meals.  You can also grab a quick service breakfast at Electric Umbrella and  Sunshine Seasons in Future World.

Hollywood Studios – Starring Rolls is not only your best choice in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, its the only breakfast-offering stop!

Animal Kingdom – Kusafiri Coffe Shop or Tamu Tamu Refreshments are your best choice here, although both take snack credits and not counter service ones and the menus do change.

Don’t forget almost ALL Walt Disney World Resort Hotels offer a food court of some sort and Disney changes things up sometimes based on crowds so you may find a coffee cart or that you can grab a quick service meal in places that you though were only snackable!  While some require you to leave your hotel to grab a meal, this is an important fact to check up on before you plan your meals!

Happy Touring (& eating)!

When Melissa isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

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Why I Love Epcot’s Mouse Gears

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By Melissa L.

By far, my favorite shop in all of Epcot and arguably all of the Walt Disney World parks is Mouse Gear.  It is the largest shop in Epcot and really I find myself wanting to skip Downtown Disney when I am staying in the Epcot Resort Area since you can find a little bit of everything here!  My favorite Mouse Gear story came this Fall when I decided to grab two vinylmations: Star Wars (hoping for Darth Vader) and Pirates (hoping for Captain Jack) and as luck and Disney magic would have it I scored both!

Without the Hollywood Boulevard or Main Street shop set up this is vital to Epcot and worth a trip of its own! The store is set up in sections as you wind your way through.  You will find:

  • All kinds of toys for kids of all ages
  • Disney World Souvenirs (including dated)
  • Apparel for the entire family (including a large ear hat section)
  • Disney Trading Pins & Vinylmation
  • Candy, Snacks, and novelty foods
  • Picture frames and Collectibles
  • Seasonal merchandise
  • Epcot themed merchandise and apparel
  • Cookware and Kitchenware
  • And much more!

While the areas change and don’t always have the largest selection on property you will find this is an Epcot one stop shop! There are also great ways to save here:

  • Disney Visa Cardmembers can enjoy their 10% discount on most merchandise orders $50 or more here
  • During busy times it has been reported that quick service dining receipts have also featured 10% off coupons

With so many specialty shops in the World Showcase, Land, Seas, and Imagination pavilions this is a great stop for a less crowded store with lots of selection!

Have you ever been to Mouse Gears, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

When Melissa isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

 

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EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival… is it worth the trip?

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is September 28-November 12, 2012 and is one of the largest festivals held at EPCOT. There are nearly 30 international food & beverage stands that Disney calls Marketplaces. You will be able to try foods from Tapas to Kabobs to anything in Mama Melroses' Ristorante Italiano, Mama Melroses', Disney's Mama Melroses menu, Mama Melroses' prices, Mama Melroses reservationsbetween. The real question is if it’s worth traveling to EPCOT to gorge yourself on food that you may or may not like. The answer is YES!My husband is a self proclaimed “foody” and has a stomach made from steel. I like what I like and usually don’t venture too far from the “usual”. He wanted to try something from every marketplace so off we go. He ate Shrimp on the Barbie with a Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze to Prosecco Zardetto. He then turned to me and let me have a bite or two if he thought that I would like it. I did find a few new favorites that I would have never been able to experience. We were on the Deluxe Dining Plan which gave us two snack credits per person per night of our stay. That allowed us to try everything that we wanted and we only used our snack credits. The dining plan made it easy for us.

Free Dining is available during most dates of the Festival. Value resorts receive free Quick Service Dining Plans. Moderate & Deluxe resort guests

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receive free PLUS Dining. You can upgrade any dining plan for a fee. This special offer is for arrivals most nights Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, Oct. 19 – Nov. 1, Nov. 9-15, Nov. 23-29 and Dec. 10-20, 2012. Space is limited and subject to availability. Please contact our travel partner for more information: Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys.

A Mouse Kateerz Fan, Ellen Conner, sent us the menus from the Food & Wine Festival from 2011 and wanted us to share them with you.

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Restaurant Marrakesh: EPCOT’s Hidden Gem?

By Lisa.

When thinking of places to have dinner at Disney, Moroccan food is definitely not the first thing that comes to my mind. After all of our trips there, I have walked by Restaurant Marrakesh more times than I can count and never considered trying them…That was a huge mistake! On our last trip we were looking for a place to have a meal and while walking through Morocco we decided to stop in there to have a drink and some hummus, what we ended up having was much more and much better!

Here are some reasons that you should give Restaurant Marrakesh a try on your next visit: [Read more…]

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival: Here’s Why You Should Go

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The 19th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs up until May 20th of this year.  It’s free with your regular park admission, but what’s so great about a flower and garden festival? [Read more…]

Epcot’s Le Chefs de France: French Cuisine, Ooh La La!

Les Chefs de France is a casual “brasserie” located dirctly underneath the Eiffel Tower in Epcot’s France Pavilion. A Brasserie is a type of French restaurant, relaxed with an upscale setting, which serves single dishes and other meals. Featuring traditional French cuisine, Le Chefs de France is open for both lunch and dinner. We sent our Mouze Foodie, Shannan of Addicted to Mickey, to let us know what her family thought. [Read more…]

Disney’s Famous Le Cellier Restaurant: Is It Really Worth the Big Buck$?!

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By Lisa

Le Cellier is one of those restaurants that every Disney fan has at least heard about. Whether they ate there or could even get reservations is entirely another matter. Stories of dining at Le Cellier have reached a level of mythic proportions, both the great and not so great. You have to make sure you book reservations as soon as the 180 day window opens. Reservations fill up quickly, and you are lucky if you can find an opening, especially if you are close to your vacation date. Does this legendary Disney restaurant really live up to all the hype?  Here are three reasons why you should definitely check out Le Cellier. [Read more…]

Disney’s Epcot: Who Needs a Park Ride When You Have a Camera

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Every photo has a story.

This would shock some Disney theme-park purists: I really don’t ride anything at Epcot. I enjoy being there, but not for the Missions to Mars, or the laps around Test Track, and I get motion sick on Soarin’. This leaves a lot of time to wander around with a camera, and luckily, there’s just a tremendous amount to see and photograph. Disney by the Numb3rs, my informational source for all Walt Disney World things numerical, offers some great “green” info. on Epcot. [Read more…]

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