Best Buffets at Walt Disney World

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 18 December 2015 in Best Buffets at Walt Disney World | 1 comments

The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida offers more than 350 different dining experiences on site. These include fine dining, quick-service and even food trucks at Disney Springs. Throughout the parks and resorts buffet and family-style dining is popular among guests. Disney has 22 different buffet or family-style restaurants available.

A few of the best, all-you-can-eat buffets at Walt Disney World include:

The Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)

Located on Main Street U.S.A., The Crystal Palace is buffet experience that includes meet-and-greet time with Winnie the Pooh and his friends like Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Reservations can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and each American-style menu includes a bounty of favorites including Mickey waffles at breakfast, oven-roasted chicken at lunch/dinner and dessert items like key lime pie and bread pudding.

Biergarten Restaurant (Epcot)

The Germany pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot is home to the family-friendly Beirgarten Restaurant. Enjoy Oktoberfest any day of the year and a buffet brimming with authentic German dishes such as potato dumplings, sauerkraut, pork schnitzel, bratwurst and more. Picky eaters? No worries, the buffet also has macaroni and cheese, chicken, potatoes and mixed green salads. The atmosphere is festive and boisterous. Seating is family-style and there’s even live entertainment while you’re eating.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot)

Head to the World Showcase and the Norway pavilion for meal at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This restaurant is home to the Princess Storybook Dining experience that includes a chance to meet a variety of Disney princesses like Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Princess Aurora and Ariel. Reservations may be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the buffet items vary but include both Norwegian and American dishes.

Boma — Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge: Jambo House)

A family-friendly buffet, Boma is located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort and brings to the table the delicious flavors from more than 50 different African countries plus several American favorites. Boma serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can watch the chefs prepare succulent roast meats as well as grilled seafood and indulge in house-baked pastries and desserts like the unforgettable zebra domes. Don’t miss sampling the different African breads and the huge selection of soups.

Other great buffets at Disney World include 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, the Cape May Café, the Garden Grill, ‘Ohana (themed dining), Tusker House and Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.

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11 Magical Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 11 December 2015 in 11 Magical Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party | 1 comments

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held annually in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. This special event runs in November and December and does require a special ticket for admission in addition to your park admission. To make the most of your time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, consider these 11 Magical Tips.

  1. The party starts at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight in the Magic Kingdom park. Because this is a late night for little ones, plan to rest earlier in the day so everyone is refreshed and ready for the party.
  2. While the festivities starts at 7 p.m., your party ticket allows entrance into the park at 4 p.m.
  3. Plan to eat before the party starts, you don’t want to waste party time eating or waiting for food to be served.
  4. Many rides and attractions are open during the party, so plan to take time to enjoy your favorites.
  5. Don’t miss the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland during the party. It’s transformed into a “Jingle Cruise” especially for this event.
  6. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade has two showings so if you miss the first one, make sure to catch the second.
  7. Did you know it snows in Florida? It does during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Main Street U.S.A., so be sure to catch a few flakes and take plenty of pictures of Disney with “snow.”
  8. Plan to meet Santa during the party as well as your favorite Disney characters. Santa can be found in the Candy Cane Garden.
  9. Don’t miss the Character Dance Party (look for it on your park map) and special live entertainment in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
  10. The Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacle will burst high above Cinderella’s Castle, great viewing areas are in front of Casey’s on Main Street U.S.A. and from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland.
  11. Check the special party park map for the locations of each Cookies & Cocoa locations. These are throughout the park and are included in the party admission ticket price.

Bonus tip: During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party the different Magic Kingdom shops often offer special event merchandise that only can be purchased during the party.

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Downtown Disney is Now Disney Springs

Posted by disneyvisitorblog on Friday, 4 December 2015 in Downtown Disney is Now Disney Springs | 1 comments

In September of 2015, Downtown Disney officially became Disney Springs. Part of the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, this area is home to several unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. There is no admission charge to enter Disney Springs, you do not have to be staying at the resort to enjoy it and it’s open year-round.

What’s in a Name?

Through the years the area now officially christened as Disney Springs has been known by several different names. Originally this Disney area was called the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (technically Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista although most people know it as an Orlando hotspot.) It’s also been known as Walt Disney World Village, the Disney Village Marketplace, the Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney.

Old Favorites, New Favorites

With the redevelopment of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, guests can enjoy new additions but don’t have to worry about losing their old favorites. Once Upon a Toy, World of Disney and the LEGO store still stand in their familiar locations but they’re joined by new stores like the Marketplace Co-Op, United World Soccer, Sublime Gifts & Finds and more.

New restaurants include The Boathouse, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Indiana Jones theme), the Splitsville Dining Room (bowl a game and enjoy a fine meal!) plus Morimoto Asia. There’s also several Food Trucks to visit, each with its own theme and style.

Entertainment for All Ages

Disney Springs is for the whole family, all ages. There are elegant dining options for a romantic waterfront meal or a quick bite before exploring the LEGO store as well as live entertainment and things to do both day and night. Take in a movie at the AMC theatre, get tickets to see La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil or cut loose at the DJ Kids Dance Party held at the Waterside Stage. The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is family friendly as well and includes live entertainment while you enjoy an authentic Irish meal.

Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the official Disney Springs site for a full listing of the different shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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SeaWorld Orlando Celebrates Christmas with a Sea of Festive Experiences

Posted by Disney Visitor Blog on Monday, 30 November 2015 in SeaWorld Orlando Celebrates Christmas with a Sea of Festive Experiences | 1 comments

It’s true that both the leading Florida theme-park entertainment giants – (WDW) Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are hosts to world-class seasonal experiences. However, it’s also true that the less popular SeaWorld Orlando Resort is equally exciting too. The premier marine themed Park turns into a sea of festive fun and surprises during special holidays. And the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration is no exception. With over hundreds of sparkling trees, twinkling stars and colourful decors, perhaps it’s one of the most wonderful Christmas experiences to look for.

For guests at the Park it’s a winter wonderland of endless fun and entertainments, including shows by amazing sea creatures and many special seasonal festivities.  One of the most promising attractions of the Event is the extremely popular O Wonderous Night. It’s one such Christmas show where you will share the Classic Christmas Story with live animals on the stage. Packed with over 30 carols, energetic casts and holiday spirit, the show makes an important part of your family’s holiday tradition.

The Sesame Street fans can have their best time at the Elmo’s Christmas Wish as well. A wonderful opportunity for the kids to enjoy with favourite characters from the popular series, such as Zoe, Grover, Rosita, and even Cookie Monster, all come together to help Elmo in one such never to be missed fun adventure. Again the popular Polar Express Experience welcomes you to join the thrill on-board the most unforgettable journey to the icy North Pole. Inspired from the 2004 hit animated film by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks, the unique train ride brings to life the classic story of a young boy’s thrilling journey into an enchanted realm.
Another must see attraction is the Shamu Christmas Miracles. The exclusive night-time show puts up a unique and powerful display of aerial acrobatics with thrilling seasonal music. It’s truly an inspiring and entertaining show, features killer whales in best of their beauty and actions. The Winter Wonderland on Ice, on the other hand is a unique show-stopper, features ice, sparkling lights, jewels and dazzling skaters. For figure-skating fans it’s one of the most glittering and energetic shows to visit.
However, the unique celebration is not limited to the special shows only. The colourful seasonal decors play important roles as well. In fact a visit to SeaWorld Christmas Celebrations remains incomplete without enjoying the sights and sounds of over 100 of sparkling trees at the Sea of Trees attractions. The uniquely decorated forest of glittering trees makes a memorable treat for the eye, spreads across an icy and watery wonderland, dazzling and dancing to the soul inspiring holiday music.
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