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Posted by on Feb 21, 2013

Planning for Disney World with a party of 10!

By: Jersey Diva Disney World did not know what hit them the first week of December.  Jersey parents (2), Jersey sister and her family (4) and Jersey Diva and my family (4) arrived in Disney on December 1.  As I mentioned in my last article, I was the primary trip planner.  Trying to take everyone’s interests and ages into consideration was a bit tough, but I think it all worked out well.  Day #1We arrived at our hotel, Pop Century, got our rooms and had some lunch.  After lunch, we hopped a bus to Animal Kingdom.  None of us had ever been there and we knew it was a park we didn’t really want to spend a whole day in, so it made for a perfect “day we arrive” park.  Unfortunately, Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris were both closed that day so we weren’t really left with much to do.  We did have a reservation for the Tusker House, which we were all less than thrilled with, so after dinner we...

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2012

Disney Dining Review: Dinner at The Wave

Author: Memory Maker Diva On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to try out The Wave restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, despite the mixed reviews I had read about the restaurant. I am glad that we did. The food was excellent, the staff very attentive, and the atmosphere tranquil and relaxed. The server (Yvonne) was very nice, attentive, and quick to replenish our drinks.  The chef (Paul) came out to check on our orders and to make sure we all enjoyed our food. We have food allergies, so he also personally took our orders to insure no cross-contamination. I really love how Disney takes food allergies seriously! The Wave is located on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, on the left-hand side just past the check-in and concierge desks. After walking through a brushed steel arch “tunnel” you will be greeted by the reservation host. There is a relaxing waiting area off to the right where you can sit and wait to be escorted...

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012

Best way to spend a "free" day at Disney

Author: Memory Maker Diva After a few days in the Parks, trying to pack in as many rides, shows, character meet and greets, and fireworks as you can, it is nice to have a free day to actually relax and enjoy the other options that Disney has to offer.  Here are some of the things that my family likes to do on our “Day Off”: Swimming The Disney Resorts have some of the best pools around.  Many have great water slides like the Pirate Ship at the Yacht Club, and all of them have amazing themes that really make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story, and some even have beaches!  Parents and teens can relax and catch some rays, and the kids can run around and splash all day long at their own speed.  No lines, just lots of play!  The Disney Water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, are also great options, but these do require a separate admission ticket, and I...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

Top Breakfast Foods at Disney World

Author: Memory Maker Diva There is no shortage of breakfast options at Walt Disney World…from a quick bite to eat at your hotel to elaborate character breakfast buffet’s at the theme parks. And while you can’t really go wrong, there are some menu items that are simply out of this world! ~The Hotels~ By far my favorite is the Tonga Toast, served at the Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. On the menu since 1971, Tonga Toast is a thick slice of sourdough bread that is stuffed with bananas and then deep-fried and coated with cinnamon sugar. It is served with pineapple, your choice of breakfast meat, and delicious strawberry compote, all for $12.99. This no-so-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious concoction has almost as much of a following as the famous Dole Whip…people crave and talk about it when they are away from Disney World and can’t wait until they return to be able to taste it again…and is worth every calorie-laden bite! Other delicious options at the Kona Café include Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes,...

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Posted by on May 27, 2012

Walt Disney World Bay Lake Tower review

Author: Active Diva Want to stay at a Disney Resort with the best views of the Magic Kingdom? How about a resort with Monorail access? Better yet, how about the only Disney Resort that offers guests the ability to walk to and from the Magic Kingdom? Then Disney’s Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary is your resort. The experience begins as you pull up to the towering Contemporary Resort. This modern masterpiece was one of the first Walt Disney World Resorts and one of the only Walt Disney World Resorts envisioned by Walt himself. After check in is complete, you’ll cross the sky bridge to the Bay Lake Tower. Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Vacation Club Resort, but you can stay there even as a non-member. You can even rent DVC points. Room ChoicesThe resort offers studio villas, one bedroom villas, two bedroom villas and three bed room grand villas, with either a theme park view, lake view or standard view. Being a DVC resort, rooms offer some...

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