May 2007 - Edition Two
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The month of May is sandwiched by two important days, May Day kicks-off the
month and Memorial Day closes it out. Appropriately, this special themed
edition showcases a day’s worth of awesome activities at the Walt Disney
World resort. Morning, Noon or Night there is always Magic to be discovered
all around Walt Disney World. While the theme parks offer a circadian
showcase of fun during regular park hours, traveling a bit off the beaten
path offers a multitude of magical opportunities. A morning on the
Serengeti, a lunch in an exotic locale or an enchanted evening in a kingdom
of pirates and princess can all experienced. Let’s take a look!
<< Morning on the Savanna >>
From As an added bonus for Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge
Guests, the resort offers a Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure exclusively
for them. The 45 minute-long morning safari features multiple stops (so that
you can stand up and take pictures) and each of the animals along the way is
described in great detail. The safari is followed by a scrumptious
breakfast. The morning is a magnificent time to view the savanna and this
exclusive safari is the best way to do it.
Let’s hear what a few INTERCOTees have had to say about this special
“The safari vehicle really takes its time and stops to
let you take great pictures. Also the Cast Member was so knowledgeable and
we learned alot about Disney's animal program. If you have kids they will
love this. The breakfast after was also one of the best we have ever had.”
“We have done it a couple times, the safari and the
breakfast are terrific. I highly recommend it, if you get the chance to do
it.” – ThanxForNoticin
“The interaction with the guides was great and it was
really cool being able to see the animals without having to rush through.
The breakfast at the end was also very good. My only real tip is make sure
to have both a camcorder and a camera. The animals are fairly active so it
will be hard to catch all of the action with just a still camera.” –
Sunrise & Sunset Safari Adventures
<< Lunch Away From the Theme Parks >>
Presented by The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort
Although many of Disney’s best resort restaurants are open only for dinner,
don’t overlook the great lunchtime options away from the theme parks!
Kona Café at the Polynesian Resort, just a monorail or boat ride away from
the Magic Kingdom, for Pan Asian food overlooking the lobby’s tropical
profusion. Try the open faced salmon BLT or the brothy Asian noodle bowl.
Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge, a boat ride away from the
Magic Kingdom, for wood-smoked skillets of ribs, chicken, and sausage or
perhaps a pulled pork sandwich. At lunchtime the hootin’ and hollerin’ is at
Fresh Mediterranean Market at the Dolphin, only a fifteen-minute walk or
boat ride from Epcot’s International Gateway. This is Disney’s best buffet
(a la carte items are also available) with food served from chef stations,
the result being everything freshly prepared and absolutely delicious.
Grand Floridian Café, a boat or monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom for
super salads and oversized sandwiches, not to mention a chance to check out
Disney’s flagship resort. If your not dieting try the Grand Sandwich, an
open-faced, hot turkey and ham wonder topped with rich Boursin cheese sauce
and fried onion straws.
Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney, where fresh seafood is served in a
docked Mississippi riverboat. Good choices include a lump crab club sandwich
or a cold seafood platter with half a lobster, King crab legs, shrimp in the
rough and blackened sea scallops served with cocktail and remoulade sauces.
The Luxury guide to Walt Disney World
A Pirate & Princess Evening >>
The Returning for select nights this August, the Pirate & Princess Party
transforms the Magic Kingdom into a cavalcade of adventurous coves and royal
courts. INTERCOT’s own faline attended the event during its first run this
past winter and filed the following report.
- faline’s Pirate & Princess Party Adventure-
Our party adventure began on the second evening this event was offered
(Friday, January 26th, 2007). My husband and I donned pirate costumes and
set off to find out what this party was all about.
We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 4:30 p.m. though the party was not
scheduled to begin until 7:30 p.m. The right hand side of the turn-styles
was set up to accept Pirate & Princess party-goers. As we passed through, we
were each fitted with wristbands.
Once inside the gates, we picked up our Pirate & Princess Party Adventure
Map. While dining at Tony’s Town Square, we perused the map. Adventureland
is listed as New Tortuga. Liberty Square has been renamed Riverboat Riviera
for the evening and Tomorrowland has become Solaris’ System. Various
locations are marked with an “X” which indicates a Treasure Spot. There are
also a couple of Dance Party locations noted as well as several Character
Meet & Greet locations.
While Disney has billed this event as both a Pirate & Princess Party, the
emphasis is really on Pirates. As you wander around the park, various pirate
scenes are projected on sidewalks – a treasure map here; a skull and
crossbones there; a pirate ship in another location. Visions of skulls and
crossbones race up and down the buildings along Main Street.
If you attend, this party, I would highly recommend dressing up as either a
pirate or princess. Both my husband and I dressed. He went as Captain Hook
and I was a generic female pirate. While we would have enjoyed the party had
we not dressed, our costumes greatly enhanced the experience for us. My
husband got to practice his “Arrrr’s” quite often! Almost every cast member
we saw commented on our costumes. A great many guests did as well. From the
guests who approached us with questions, it was apparent that some mistook
us for cast members! A highlight of the evening was when Captain Hook spied
my husband’s costume and came nose to nose with him!
This party night was sparsely attended. I would imagine that attendance will
increase as the busy spring break season descends upon Disney World. Our
party was so uncrowded that we were able to obtain a front row spot for the
first of the two evening Disney’s Enchanted Adventures Parades about ½ hour
before it began. We remained for the second parade which we viewed from in
front of Tony’s. There were so few people there for this parade that the
cast members didn’t even bother to erect ropes in this area! The parade was
quite fun! Even Tinker Bell (in person) appears in this parade! Parades were
at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The day before we attended the party, we had a long conversation with a cast
member in the fire station. She told us that the fireworks for this party
rivaled those of New Year’s Eve – 1999/2000. While I never got to see those
fireworks, I will say that the Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks Spectacular
presented this evening was incredible! Keep an eye out for Tinker Bell’s
flight! The fireworks were shown at 9:45 p.m.
Many rides were open during the party. Every ride we went on was a walk-on
though we did see longer lines at some attractions later in the evening. As
we entered Pirates of the Caribbean, we came across a young princess
“fencing” with the cast member. All the other cast members we encountered
this night were in equally good spirits and seemed to be really enjoying the
festivities as much as the guests were!
As we entered the park, we were each given a little black, treasure bag. We
were able to stop at Treasure Spots throughout the park. At each spot, we
were provided with various “treasures” to fill our pouch. Treasures included
candy, small bags of raisins, and “strings of pearls”.
We did not attend any of the characters meets. Captain Jack Sparrow was on
hand in Adventureland. Initially, we got on line for this but a cast member
explained that the wait would be at least an hour. He also indicated that
the line would not be any shorter during the course of the evening. We never
got a chance to go back to check out the truth of this. We also missed some
of the other entertainment listed on the schedule throughout the parks. We
did watch children enjoying Sebastian’s Under the Sea Dance Party for a bit.
The one thing I really wanted to explore but didn’t get a chance to do was
to take a sail on The Legend of the Jolly Roger Haunted Riverboat which, in
daylight hours, is the Liberty Belle. We also passed on the Dream Along with
Mickey Show on the Castle Forecourt as the same show is available during
regular park hours.
Given the opportunity, I would certainly attend this event again!
Disney's Pirate & Princess Party
These exciting opportunities are just a dash of what’s available at the Walt
Disney World resort. We’ll be back next month to bring you even more
exciting events and great tips to help you plan an awesome Disney vacation.
See ya real soon!
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