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December 18, 2016

Holiday Travelers Will Discover Magic This Season with Special Walt Disney World® Package from Orlando Marriott Hotels

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 15, 2016 - Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in "The Most Magical Place on Earth" with exclusive savings from the Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotels in Marriott Village.

Giving the gift of magic this holiday season just got easier. Travelers planning a trip to Orlando can take advantage of the Walt Disney World® Ticket Package, offering Three-Day Disney Magic Your Way® Base Tickets, complimentary transportation to and from the Disney Parks and a three-night stay in deluxe accommodations at Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village, SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Marriott Village or Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village. Available now through Jan. 31, 2017, this festive bundle is perfect for families and friends wishing to experience the legendary parks' seasonal celebrations.

Fans flocking to see the famous mouse in person won't want to miss out on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Taking place on select evenings in Magic Kingdom® Park now through Dec. 22, 2016, this special winter bash is bursting with live entertainment, fireworks and a one-of-a-kind holiday parade that all ages will love. In addition to Mickey himself, park-goers will get a front-row view of performances by other Disney characters including Anna and Elsa from Frozen, as well as Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto.

On top of the special holiday performances, visitors will have the opportunity to attend all-new evening shows at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, a special Star Wars tribute at Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and memorable adventures from Frozen Ever After at Epcot®.

No matter which Marriott hotel in Orlando visitors choose to call home for the holidays, they'll love being just minutes from the parks' action thanks to a free shuttle service, allowing families to spend less time commuting and more time creating memories.

To take advantage of the Walt Disney World® Ticket Package, book reservations online using promotional code THM or call 1-800-228-9290.

About Orlando Marriott Village
Marriott Village in Orlando, Florida includes Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at 8623 Vineland Ave.; SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista at 8601 Vineland Ave.; and Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista at 8615 Vineland Ave. The hotels are near Disney Springs™, popular Orlando theme parks and world-class golf courses. The combined complex includes 1,100 rooms and suites, 8 meeting rooms with 3,853 square feet event space, 3 pools and 3 fitness centers. Boasting a variety of dining options, the Village Marketplace offers ice cream, pizza and sandwiches with in-room delivery options and Courtyard boasts The Bistro — Eat. Drink. Connect., open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi in all accommodations and free scheduled shuttle service to the Disney parks. For information, visit, or Reservations for all hotels can also be made at 1-407-938-9001.

Sign up now for Marriott Rewards and get on the fast track to earn points for free hotel stays, room upgrades, flights, credit card purchases and deals with Marriott partners.

Learn more about Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Marriott International Inc.

November 30, 2016

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in The Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida Offering Appealing “Holiday Rates” In November & December

Special rates provide a great way to take in such events as
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Holidays Around the World
and Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and to experience
the reimagined and transformed Disney Springs and its many new offerings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (November 2016) – There is still time to make plans to experience the special events being conducted in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida in November and December, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, and Holidays Around The World along with the Candlelight Processional at Epcot®. It is also the ideal time to check out the dramatically transformed Disney Springs area, formerly known as the Downtown Disney® Area. Inspired by Florida’s charming towns and natural beauty, the vibrant new waterfront Disney Springs offers a high-quality diverse mix of shops, an impressive variety of new upscale and casual dining options, and exceptional live entertainment options, with more than 150 establishments across its four distinct outdoor neighborhoods.

September 6, 2016

Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart

How do you make a Disney show irresistibly appealing to those of us who already live in Mickey Mouse's backyard? You put those characters on ice skates and make it a non-stop, best-of display of magic, music, and majesty! Disney On Ice is one of our favorite annual traditions, and we were honored to attend this year's performance as Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassadors once again. Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart debuted at Orlando's Amway Center on September 2, and the standard of performance was every bit as magical as we've come to expect.

October 1, 2015

Il Mulino New York Trattoria at Disney Swan Resort

Magical Dining Month just wrapped up here in Orlando. How many restaurants did you get around to visiting? Since we stayed at the Swan on the first night of the month, timing was perfect to try Il Mulino New York Trattoria.

September 29, 2015

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts

Knock another Walt Disney World hotel off of the ol' bucket list! Our most recent stay was at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. While the Swan and Dolphin are not officially Disney resorts (they are owned and operated by Starwood), they are located on Walt Disney World property, and do include many of the same general perks and benefits. 

September 7, 2015

Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic

As a mother, a former Girl Scout Troop Leader, and a lifelong Disney fan, I have always appreciated Disney On Ice. Over the years, I have seen quite a few versions of this awe-inspiring performance, and it's never failed to impress. Disney On Ice typically has multiple shows in varied themes traversing the nation simultaneously. On September 4, 100 Years of Magic premiered at Orlando's Amway Center, maintaining the tradition of mesmerizing magic on ice. 

August 7, 2015

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic Giveaway


Courtesy: Feld Entertainment
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 15, 2015) -- The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances. Tickets are now on sale.

February 24, 2015

Splitsville - A Top Dining Option at Downtown Disney

Reprint from original publishing on December 2, 2014
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This month, Splitsville Orlando celebrates its second birthday. The "luxury lanes" first opened to the public on December 19, 2012 at Downtown Disney, raising the bar for modern-day bowling alleys. But you might be surprised at what you're missing if you haven't had dinner at Splitsville!

February 23, 2015

Conquering Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Reprint from original publishing on November 26, 2014
Expedition Everest celebrated its grand opening on April 7, 2006. Located in the Asia portion of Animal Kingdom, Everest is the tallest of Walt Disney World's "mountain" attractions - just under 200 ft tall at its peak. And that's just the start of the impressive stats behind this behemoth. Four brake zones, two lifts, two track switches, and an 80 ft drop round out the jaw-dropping aspects of Expedition Everest. Brilliantly themed, this epic coaster reaches speeds of 50 mph, in both forward and reverse motion. The winding steel track measures over 4,000 feet in length, providing three minutes of runaway thrills. Each "train" carries 34 passengers in six ride cars through the craggy slopes of a wild Himalayan expedition - if you can escape the clutches of the legendary Yeti, that is!

September 28, 2014

Saying Good-Bye to Off Kilter & Mo'Rockin - A Bad Day, Disney-Style

Walt Disney World has been on a much-discussed "killing spree" as of late, and it seems to be coming fast - and all at once. This has been a ridiculously hot topic in my house, with the entire family trying to speculate at Disney's justification for this abrupt succession of closures and dramatic revamps. After a busy week, the kids and I decided we had to spend this day (the day of the ax) saying good-bye. Today was the last day to experience Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Mo'Rockin, Off-Kilter, and Drum and Fife Corps at Epcot. 

Recently, we've been discussing the local transportation services (Lynx). The I-Drive Trolley runs just past our home, and we're laying out some plans to haunt the I-Drive area in the coming months. Feeling adventurous, we decided to take the Lynx bus to Disney. I looked up the route. We can walk to a stop for the #50, which runs directly to Disney property in 20 minutes. Why not? We could catch the 11:40 bus, and all would go smoothly. Neither of the kids wanted to get an early start or spend a full day-night at the parks. We were simply on a mission, and we could accomplish it! I looked up the schedules of the performances at Epcot, and all seemed do-able... except.... Walt Disney World's official site suddenly said that the final Drum and Fife performance would be on the 25th, not the 27th. Needless to say, this sudden change left me more than a little upset, but I have no time travel abilities, so I suppose I'll have to hang on to the last performance I saw - earlier this year...

September 15, 2014

Times They Are A-Changin' at Epcot

Maelstrom is defined as: 

  • A powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river
  • A situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil

Seems appropriate. "Maelstrom" is also an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot - at least until its final voyage on October 5. There is quite a storm (or turmoil) currently brewing around this Maelstrom. It's a situation that's becoming far too familiar - another attraction bites the dust. 

September 1, 2014

Hardscrabble Times in a Hard-Ticket (Disney) World

I really do love Walt Disney World. Although there are times when I seem a bit negative on the topic, it really is the main reason I am willing to remain a resident of Florida. I spent four years living in Tennessee, and I found that living so far from WDW was much like rehabbing through a 12-step program! As much as I dream of returning home to Texas, that charismatic giant mouse has me hooked. Realistically, it's quite possible that I'm here for the long haul... and I suppose I can accept that... because I love Walt Disney World.

August 28, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Norway Pavilion

I'm just going to jump into this one bluntly. Norway Pavilion has been a thorn in my side all week. At first, I was cursing an emergence of writer's block. Then, I moved on to mentally flogging myself for getting so wrapped up in my latest distraction ("CSI: NY") that I ignored all sense of duty and responsibility. It is surprisingly challenging to focus on Vikings and trolls when you're scrambling to understand ballistics and DNA... but frankly, I don't think writer's block or CSI are to blame this time. After much contemplation, I think the problem is simple - Norway Pavilion is lacking. 

August 21, 2014

Epcot - World Showcase - Mexico Pavilion

Mexico Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase is one that is very near and dear to my heart. Not only did I grow up submerged up to my sombrero in Mexican culture (Texan transplant alert!), but Mexico is the only country I've personally experienced outside of the U.S. I don't know if it is a surge of youth memories or just the genuine nature of this area, but I feel so comfortable here. Overall, it's a warm, inviting, fun area to explore... and a good portion of it is indoors! If you've learned nothing else about me, you know I love to pitch those escape zones from the Florida heat! 

July 23, 2014

Disney Kitchen - Cinnamon Glazed Pecans / Almonds
I am a sucker for a sweet treat, and I'm quite partial to this Walt Disney World favorite in particular. At various locations around the parks, guests can partake in a handy little snack that is guaranteed to satisfy those who love to have something to pick on throughout the day - cinnamon glazed pecans or almonds! They come in a paper cone that easily folds over, to store in a pocket or bag for future sweet tooth pacification, and you can obtain these little beauties for less than $5!

July 21, 2014

Behind-the-Scenes Tours at the Walt Disney World Resort

**This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Voices content network on July 1, 2014. It has been republished here due to the shutdown of Voices and YCN.**

It's no secret that Walt Disney World is a place where magic happens, but a good deal of that magic takes place backstage, or behind-the-scenes of the theme parks. You may be familiar with the parks themselves, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain, so to speak? Many visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort are not even aware of the experiences available to them through a wide variety of backstage tours.

Disney Kitchen - Strawberry Soup

The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa combines Victorian elegance with Walt Disney charm. This lavish deluxe resort offers exceptional accommodations, fabulous recreation, and exquisite dining opportunities. In fact, The Grand Floridian is home to one of the more desirable dining locations on Walt Disney World property, 1900 Park Fare

July 15, 2014

Disney Kitchen: Coca-Cola Cake

It's not my norm to include recipes in my blog. Some might say it's not really my norm to cook or bake, but that isn't quite accurate. I actually spend a lot of time in my kitchen, creating... It's just usually too chaotic of a scene to even consider documentation or bragging. I thought this might be fun to include though - and it's not too much of a stretch for my blog. You see, the recipe I'm sharing here came from a cookbook I bought at Walt Disney World! Ha! See how I fit that in so seamlessly?! I'm a rare breed of clever, I tell ya!

July 9, 2014

Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World

**This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Voices content network on May 8, 2014. It has been republished here due to the shutdown of Voices and YCN.**
It's almost that time again. Time for wannabe Jedis to face off with Stormtroopers before riding on a roller coaster with Aerosmith, or watching a six foot tall stick bug dance down the street. This may sound unusual to some, but it's just another tradition here in Orlando! Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios dates back to 1997, but officially became an annual event as of 2003. This may very well be the only time you'll see throngs of people combining both Jedi robes and Mickey ears into their wardrobe, and looking perfectly normal - even cool. This year's galactic celebration kicks off May 16, and runs every Friday through Sunday until June 15. There's something a bit different to each year's event, and if you know what to expect, it can be an out of this world experience!

June 21, 2014

DSB - A Tribute to Journey @ Epcot's 'Sounds Like Summer' Concert Series

We all know that the Journey hit, "Don't Stop Believin'" is the center of the karaoke universe. Truth be told, it's so good because it's usually so badly done. After all... who can sing like Steve Perry?? Okay, so I'm partial to that voice. Personally, I think he's got one of the finest set of pipes in rock music - ever. Yes, I love me some Steve Perry, and of course... I love Journey. Last week's visit to "Sounds Like Summer" was a bit disappointing for me. The venue is not the kindest, weather is a considerable factor (ever been to Orlando in the summer? Land of the afternoon storm!)... it really isn't easy to hit a home run in this scenario, is it? But every now and then, you have that perfect pitch - and out of the park it goes!

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