Magic Bands as Room Keys

Disney’s new technological gadgets, the Magic Bands, seem to be good for everything! These electronic bracelets are meant to substitute park tickets and work to link purchases to your account and get FastPasses. Now, Magic Bands also work as room keys if you are staying in a Disney Resort. All you have to do is tap your bracelet’s little Mickey figure to the door’s and it unlocks. The one annoying thing is that it has to be really precise and the Mickey figures do not make that easy.

This is a very new method that Disney is implying, so I’m pretty sure they are still working out some kinks. Isn’t it great, though? You never have to think about losing your resort key again.

Official Disney World Resorts List

So you are thinking of spending your next vacations in Orlando? Disney World has more than 25 Resorts you can choose from, with all types of themes and for all types of budgets. They are also your best alternative if you want to make a trip to Disney World theme parks, because most of them have a lot of perks to offer, like discounted dining plans and easy transportation.

If you are looking for a Value Resort, you can choose from these:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

 

If you are, instead, looking for something with more amenities but still not too expensive, check out the Moderate Resorts:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resorts

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins

If what you are looking for is the most comfort and luxury, you can always check out the Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Victoria and Albert’s

Victoria & Albert’s is one of the 15 restaurants in the entire country to have 15 consecutive years as AAA Five-Diamond Award winners. This makes it one of the very best restaurants in North America, so it is an honor to have it at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa.

AAA reviews around 30,000 restaurants each year in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, but only 0.2% of these have what it takes to receive a Five-Diamond Award. Because of this, congratulations are in order for Chefs Schott Hunnel, Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for being one of the only two restaurants in Florida to get the award for 2015.

“The backbone of Victoria & Albert’s continues to be the wonderful, loyal culinarians, dedicated servers and devoted reservationists,” says Israel. “They are the pillars that support our uncompromising commitment to greatness.”

The difference, to me, is in the little details. Italian silver, Bernardaud china and Italian tablecloths are part of the dining experience. If you are chilly, you are offered a cashmere wrap, even. The menu, of course, does not fall short. In a contemporary American style with much imagination put to it, there is a wide variety of unique combinations.

The restaurant offers three dining experiences:

  • The dining room for $135 per person, includes six courses and wine pairings for an extra $65.
  • The elegant Queen Victoria’s Room and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen for $210 for ten courses and $105 for wine pairings.

6 Disney World Resorts Recognized as Some of the Best in Florida

U.S. News & World Report recently awarded 6 resorts and hotels on the Walt Disney World property an award known as the Silver Badge, meaning that they are ranked among the best resorts/hotels in their budget category.

The following Disney resorts are now classified as some of the best hotels in Orlando.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:  best known for rooms featuring views of the Animal Kingdom as well as a pool area where guests can swim right next to animal enclosures.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort: one of the most prominent resorts on the Boardwalk, this hotel features a signature vintage style. It is located a short walk from Epcot and quick boat ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: Also located at the Boardwalk, this resort just exudes relaxation and luxury.
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: The beautiful white resort is one of the favorite resorts located on the Magic Kingdom track of the monorail.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: combines the the comforts of being inside with the fun of camping with your friends and family. There are plenty of great outdoor activities and events.

(The awards were given based on expert research combined with guest reviews)Congratulations to all of these wonderful hotels.

All are available at a lower price (with theme park tickets) when you book a vacation package at Five Star Orlando Vacation, HERE.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hosting Easter Egg Showcase in Lobby

The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s 3rd impressive annual Easter Egg display begins tomorrow, April 4, and lasts until April 22. 

The lobby of this Victorian style luxury resort is frequently abuzz with lovely exhibits for guests and passersby to enjoy.  On your way to or from the Magic Kingdom one day, get off the monorail when it stops off at the Grand Floridian to see the lobby and its wonderful Holiday decorations.

Master pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek and his team at the resort sculpted and then hand-painted 18 large chocolate eggs for the display. The eggs are 16-20″ tall and are made of modeling chocolate, sugar, fondant and royal icing.

The eggs are painted with scenes of favorite Disney movies like “Tangled”, “Frozen”, “Lady and the Tramp” and more. Each completely edible egg took the team between 18 to 20 hours to create.

“Drop it! Drop the boot!” I loved this part of the film, “Tangled”.

Look at the amazing detail that went into the painted scene featured on this egg. Even the little basket that holds the chocolate work of art is themed and decorated accordingly! This display is brought to us by the same team of culinary geniuses that bring us the delightful life sized gingerbread houses in the lobby each Christmas season.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for this awesome photo.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s new Bungalows- Construction Photos

The Polynesian Resort and Spa, one of the original resorts at Disney World, has recently begun construction on their all new DVC (Disney Vacation Club) villas. The “Bungalows” are inspired by the lovely Hawaiian theme of the resort and will be luxurious water front properties.  

The DVC functions under the same basic principles as a timeshare and is adding locations almost every year. This year alone it has added villas in the Grand Floridian as well as the Polynesian resort.

ImageThis resort is already a guest favorite due to its beautiful landscaping, tropical feeling and relaxing spa atmosphere and activities. Fans were concerned that a DVC addition would be very invasive and ruin the vintage feel of the luxury hotel, but so far the additions look tasteful and suited to their surroundings.

I was surprised to see just how close the new lodgings will be to the water front- It is truly remarkable how they managed to make Florida’s marshy landscape look like a tropical ocean hideaway! It is yet another great example of Disney World’s wonderful creative forces at work.

ImageWhat do you think? Would you prefer a large bungalow to a regular room? Of course, it most likely depends on the duration of your stay. DVC guests stay for an average of two weeks and usually require additional amenities such as more room, kitchens and laundry facilities. Image

Thanks to Mice Chat for these great images