President Trump’s Visit to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Cancelled!

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Not gonna happen now!

Two weeks ago, the Florida Republican Party and Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Donald Trump would be visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for a Republican fundraising event. The event was scheduled to take place the evening of December 7th.  It would have been Trump’s first visit to a Disney location.

The fundraiser was originally supposed to be held in early November 2019, but was pushed back to the December 7th date. A cached page on the Florida GOP website shows the November event was scheduled to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Tellingly, Disney Parks did not made ANY official announcements about the presidential visit or the potential operational impacts due to the presidential visit, but you can bet it would have been noticeable for guests staying at the Grand Floridian or anywhere on property, or visiting Disney World theme parks December 6 – 7, 2019.

We’re guessing that the shit literally hit the fan over this surprise announcement and Disney Parks was clearly not consulted!  Complete radio silence from them.

The revised December 7th dinner was set to be held along the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian.

But, the venue now seems to have changed once again.

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Being held in Miami now.

According to the Republican Party of Florida’s website, the 2019 Statesman’s Dinner with Gov. Ron DeSantis will now be held in Miami on Dec. 7th.

After the dinner, Trump plans on spending the night at his Mar-a-Lago resort after giving a speech and holding a photo op for big Republican donors, and those plans haven’t changed.  He doesn’t like to sleep in hotels that aren’t his and never planned on spending the night at the Grand Floridian.

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Trump has filed paperwork making Mar-a-Lago his official residence now.

Nearly every president since Harry Truman – with the sole exception of Lyndon B. Johnson – has visited a Disney park at some point in their life, and every single sitting modern president since Nixon has made a visit to WDW while in office.

Trump will be the exception to that.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort last hosted a political event in 2017 where Vice President Mike Pence was the keynote speaker.

Disney Security is still present at the Hall of Presidents, and is inside the theater for every performance due to rowdy guests.

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His animatronic in the Hall of Presidents is really something!

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#Truth

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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The Best Christmas Trees at Disney World!

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The Christmas Tree at the Magic Kingdom is probably the most recognized one at WDW.

All the Christmas Trees are now up and fully decorated across the Disney World property!

Watch video of the best trees: The Best Christmas Trees at Disney World!

At last count, there were over 1,300 lavishly decorated trees throughout the property!

To prepare for the holidays, Disney Parks rolls out 150 semi-trailer truckloads full of decorations to cover 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, 1 water park, and Disney Springs.  And, we do mean cover!

  • 15 miles of decorated garland is draped
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows placed
  • 1,500 wreaths are hung
  • 5 million lights are strung, with 99 percent of the lighting used being LED 
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    Christmas by the numbers at WDW

    We got to spend a day resort hopping last year, followed by some park hopping, seeing just a few of the Christmas Trees of Disney World.

    Here’s a few photos of the Disney World trees that we saw, both big and small:

    At the Disney theme parks:

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    Magic Kingdom’s Christmas tree

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    The huge popcorn strand on the Main Street Christmas tree at the Magic Kingdom.

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    MK’s Christmas Tree at night.

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    November 20, 2019:  The area on Main Street USA is so pretty at night!!

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    A small Christmas Tree inside Be Our Guest restaurant.

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    Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ tree.

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    December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset.

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    Epcot’s tree at night.

    At the Disney resorts:

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    The Grand Floridian Christmas Tree is up and fully decorated! Beautiful!

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    The Contemporary Resort’s tree. It probably is the most simply decorated of any of the Disney Resort Christmas trees, but it’s really pretty at night.

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    Boardwalk’s tree.

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    Fort Wilderness tree.

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    DAK Lodge’s tree.

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    DAK’s tree.

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    Each and every tree is themed to the location it’s at. (DAK = animals)

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    DAK’s tree at night.

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    Yacht Club Resort’s tree.

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    No surprise, but the Yacht Club Resort has huge boats decorating their tree.

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    Tiny life vests decorate the tree and garland at Beach Club Resort!

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    Home for the Holidays.

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    We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

    Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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    Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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    Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

    Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

    If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

    Have a magical day!

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    Happy Holidays!

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    We try to see all the trees every year.

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    Once upon a time…

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    Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Disney’s Grand Floridian Finally Getting a Walkway to Magic Kingdom

August 1, 2019 Construction Update: They are moving right along with the new walkway, making good progress already.

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This is the crossover point over the canal joining MK side on the bottom to GF side on the top.

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Going to be nice and wide. Perfect for a 10K race! 🙂

@bioreconstruct posted some photo construction updates last week on the new walkway between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

We’re thinking it might be done and open by mid-October now.

It’s coming right along!

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You can see where the monorail (gray line) crosses over the canal and also where the sidewalk to the west to the Magic Kingdom ends (wiggly gray line) on this Google Maps.

Soon, guests wishing to travel on foot between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom will be able to walk between the two locations.

In a statement, a Disney official said, “This walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will give our Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests another convenient way to reach Magic Kingdom Park.”

The permit for the new construction was filed last week on July 5th.

It’s a little under a mile (0.7 miles) walking distance between the two locations.

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The new walking bridge is already under construction…it’s the purple rectangle in the upper part of this photo.

Right now, you can almost walk between the two locations, except for the canal – with no bridge – that ends about 500 yards to the west of the Magic Kingdom.

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The monorail crossing over the canal.

There are already lights along that sidewalk and many a guest leaving the Magic Kingdom late at night has been tempted to skip the packed monorail and long boat wait lines and just try walking back. (You can easily walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort to the east right now.)  They are always surprised when they reach the canal and the sidewalk ends!

We think they should have made this walking path 40 years ago!

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King Triton and his team of Sea Horses

The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.

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The pageant floating by the Magic Kingdom.

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Resort Hopping 101:  Along the Seven Seas Lagoon

We love Resort Hopping between the three deluxe resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon:  The Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort, and the Contemporary Resort.

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Our #1 favorite place to resort hop.

The Grand Floridian Resort

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Grand Floridian. There is also an open-air water launch (a small boat) which is fun as long as it’s not cold outside. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a Disney transportation bus.

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In the Grand Atrium of the Grand Floridian

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Atrium. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Cafe or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s.  Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

There are several nice shops to browse in.

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Caroline resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon. Our #1 favorite place to eat lunch:  Captain Cooks.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian Resort the same way as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian.

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Having lunch at Captain Cooks.  🙂

Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or try a tropical cocktail at the lounge, or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.  It’s all good!

Several fun shops to browse in with tropical-themed merchandise.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

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CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You can get to the Contemporary Resort the same way you get to the Polynesian Resort since it’s a monorail resort, or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom.  Very easy walk.

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Walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Very easy walk.

Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property.

If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of tasty options for everyone. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.  You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s.

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It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and also catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.

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Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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April 2019:  Riding the monorail over to the Polynesian Resort for some lunch at Captain Cook’s.

Having Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café

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It’s a very pretty cafe!

We were lucky to get last minute reservations for 3 for breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.

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Having breakfast with Christian!

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It all looks so good! Breakfast is the best meal that the café serves.

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Huge Mickey Waffle, warmed maple syrup, scrambled eggs and bacon, and a cup of strong coffee. I am ready for the day! ❤

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❤ Having breakfast with my favorite guys. ❤

We were lucky that Christian had the day off and was able to join us.  (Fun fact: Disney cast members get a 40% breakfast meal discount at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.)

It’s a very pretty restaurant and the breakfast food is all very good.

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Eggs Benedict are Mitch’s favorite breakfast!  A Flight of Eggs Benedict: A tasting of Grand Floridian Cafes’ Three-signature Eggs Benedict served with Marinated Tomato Salad, $19.

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Christian’s huge Mickey Waffle topped with fried chicken and warmed maple syrup.  $20 Delicious!

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My Grand Breakfast, $16

The cafe is very pretty and inviting, especially in the morning with the sunlight streaming in through the windows.  (Our reservation was at 10am.)

It’s done in all pinks and creams, with lovely views of the Grand Floridian blooming rose garden outside.

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Look at all the windows!  You almost need sunglasses to eat here in the morning!

View of the rose gardens outside.

Lovely views of the Grand Floridian’s rose garden outside.

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Welcome!

Elegant, yet unpretentious, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a delightful restaurant. The Victorian motif features lovely florals and muted tones. A wall of windows overlooks the courtyard and landscaped rose gardens of the Grand Floridian Resort.

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Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu, April 2019

Entrees

American – Two eggs served with biscuits, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes and a choice of juice, $16

Sirloin Steak and Eggs – Breakfast potatoes, two eggs your way in Béarnaise sauce, $20

Fruit Plate – with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and granola, $9

Smoked Salmon – with tomatoes, onions, capers, cream cheese and toasted bagel, $11

Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs on a toasted English Muffin, Canadian bacon, and Key Lime hollandaise sauce served with asparagus and broiled tomato au gratin, $15

Lobster Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce, $20

Ham and Cheese Omelet – served with breakfast potatoes, $13

Frittata – Egg whites, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, basil and fresh fruit, $12

Seasonal Pancakes – Seasonally-inspired with house-made butter with choice of bacon or sausage, $14

Mickey Waffle – malted or multigrain waffle served with bacon or sausage, $15

Buttermilk Pancakes – served with bacon or sausage; strawberry, blueberry or bananas add $3.50, $14

My French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.

Brioche French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.  $16

Vanilla-laced French Toast – Brioche bread dipped in vanilla-flavored egg batter served with bacon or sausage, $16 [I’ve had this.  Highly Recommended!] 

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Fruit plate (vegan), $9

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Mickey Waffle, $15

Side Dishes

Ham, Bacon or Sausage, $5

Turkey Sausage or Canadian Bacon, $5

Fruit-flavored Yogurt, $5

Greek Yogurt – with orange blossom honey, $4

Cottage Cheese, $4

Pastry Selections, $6

Danish or Croissant, $4

Bagel and Cream Cheese, $4

Steel-cut Oatmeal – served with raisins and brown sugar, $8

Beverages

Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee, $8

Coffee, $3.79

Espresso, $3.99

Cappuccino or Latte – Flavored with Chocolate, Caramel or Vanilla – add $.50; $ 5.50

Juices, $3.99

Specialty Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Disney Character Punch – Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character clip-on light, $8.00

Mega Berry Smoothie – raspberry puree and nonfat yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries Go Mega, $6.00

Raspberry Colada – blend of creamy colada and pureed raspberries, $5.50

Tropical Splash – refreshing surprise of blended strawberries and orange juice, $6.00

All-natural Lemonade – topped with a Wildberry Foam, $5.49

Frozen Cappuccinos – chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut or caramel, $5.50

Specialty Cocktails (alcoholic)

Grand Colada – a tropical blend of Myer’s Rum, Coconut, and Pineapple, topped with Blue Curacao, $12

Florida Sunshine – Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices, $12.50

Key West – a frozen blend of pureed strawberries and orange juice, laced with rum, $11.25

Grand Mimosa – Champagne, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier, $11.50

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The Grand Floridian Cafe planning pin

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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2019 Giant Easter Eggs on Display at the Grand Floridian

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April 2019:  So many giant eggs to look at this year. The pastry chefs really outdid themselves!

The Annual Giant Easter Eggs Display at the Grand Floridian starts April 1st and runs through April 28, 2019 this year.

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The details.

These 40 JUMBO chocolate Easter Eggs (9-12 pounds each!!) are created and crafted by Disney Pastry Chefs over the course of three weeks.

Each egg is 16” – 20” tall and decorated with “edible products such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces.”

Some Easter Egg highlights from the 2019 Grand Floridian display:

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New this year: Mary Poppins Returns (front).  This is our favorite egg!

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Mary Poppins horse and carriage from the movie. (back).

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Robin Hood.

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Aladdin. Opening June 2019.

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New egg this year: Coco.

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New egg this year: Moana.

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UP.

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Amazing creativity!

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Beauty and the Beast, front

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Beauty and the Beast, back

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Cinderella Royal Carriage egg

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Pinocchio

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Oz Emerald City

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Lady & the Tramp. One of Elly's favorites.

Lady & the Tramp, one of Elly’s favorites.

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Wildlife of the World.

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Evil Queen

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If you have time on your Disney World spring vacation, be sure to stop by the Grand Floridian and bring your camera!!!  They are so wonderful!

And, don’t forget about the sweet treats available at the Parks this month!

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Spring cupcakes at Magic Kingdom.

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Spring cupcakes at Epcot.

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And, the Easter Bunny has returned to the Magic Kingdom this week!

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Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom all month.

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Special characters will be out all month.  Thumper & Ms. Bunny

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 We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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The Weekly Parasol Parade at Grand Floridian

Showkeeping Parasol Parade at Grand Floridian

Friday morning, 8am:  Cast members getting ready for the Grand Floridian’s Parasol Parade!

We would like to say that we’ve been up and going early enough to see the 8am housekeeping parasol parade in the Grand Floridian courtyard, but that would be a lie!  🙂

Our Grampy was an early riser and really enjoyed seeing the parasol parade during his stays.

It’s on our Disney World bucket list.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World

A Disney ‘Special Touch’ for Grand Floridian Guests!

Early rising guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian can enjoy a cheery parade of over 50 parasol-toting housekeepers on Monday and Friday mornings at 8am sharp.

The tradition began when the Grand Floridian opened in 1988. The Housekeeping Team cast members, aka Showkeeping,  gather at the marina and slowly stroll through the Victorian courtyard around the pool area. What a charming way to start the day!

It does look like a fun way to begin and to end the work week!

We’ve stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Showkeeping Team works very hard to make guests happy and keep the Grand Floridian spotless and clean.

Watch the parade:  Showkeeping Parade at the Grand Floridian

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What a lovely parade!

What a lovely parade on a beautiful day!

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We love their housekeeping costumes!

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Over 50 cast members – and sometimes guests! – participate in the parade.

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Very pretty!

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And they are off to work for the day!

Some photo credits: WDW Shutterbug.

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Friday, March 8, 2019: Sunny and 73 degrees at 8am. Perfect parade weather!  🙂

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Disney World Resort Hopping 101: The Basics

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Resort Hopping is a great way to spend some down time on your Disney World vacation.

Maybe the parks are crowded and you want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Maybe you have an extra day of vacation without tickets and want some fun ways to fill your time.

We do it every trip and it’s a lot of fun.

Here are our Resort Hopping 101 Tips:

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Transportation options at Disney World

Use Disney Transportation

Use Disney Transportation when traveling between resorts.  It’s free.

The Monorail travels between three of the resorts, some resorts have boat transportation, and Disney buses travel to all resorts.

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The gondolas will have great treetop views of the parks! Yes, the Skyliner windows open, but there’s no AC in the cabins. Could be very hot to ride these in the summer!

The Disney Skyliner gondolas will be up and running later on this summer.

During peak times of the year, Disney has started charging for daytime resort parking ($25) and/or limiting resort parking to guests with hotel reservations, not just dining reservations.

Make a Dining Reservation

Part of the appeal to resort hopping is to try the restaurants at the resorts.

All of the deluxe resorts boast fine dining options with award-wining restaurants. Some even offer entertainment and character dining experiences.

Plan on dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the resorts on your resort-hopping list, and make a reservation in advance. This will guarantee you a spot at a table during your resort adventures.

Don’t Try to Do It All

With over 25 resorts at Disney World, it would be unrealistic to expect to visit them all when resort hopping, and it would take away from the fun and enjoyment. Set realistic expectations in regards to the number of resorts you plan to visit in one day.  Pick one or two things you’d like to do at each resort, and don’t be disappointed that you can’t do it all. It just means you’ll have to visit again!

Go on a Travel Day

If you only have part of a day at Disney due to your arrival or departure time, spend the time resort hopping instead of purchasing a ticket to the parks (now over $100/day for a single park ticket) when you can only spend a few hours there. You’ll save some money by not buying a park ticket, and you will find plenty of fun and magic at the resorts.

Be Prepared

You most likely need many of the same things resort hopping as you do spending the day at the parks. You might want to bring a poncho or umbrella in case it rains as you’re traveling to and from resorts, you’ll want your camera and/or phone, comfortable shoes, or anything else you find you need at the parks.

Also, if you have dining reservations at a fine dining location, like California Grill or Victoria & Albert’s, there is a dress code, so make sure what you’re wearing is in line with their dress code.

Dedicate at Least Half a Day

Resort hopping takes time.

It’s wise to dedicate at least half a day to resort hopping. If you try to visit more than a few resorts in less than half a day, you’ll find yourself rushed and most likely unable to do everything on your list. With half a day or more, you can plan on having a meal, a snack, and have time to explore lobbies and shopping places without feeling rushed.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

We love the Grand Floridian’s annual Gingerbread House!

Resort Hop During the Holidays!

Christmas time is truly a magical time at Disney World and that especially includes the resorts!

If you find yourself at Disney World during the Christmas season, make an effort to do some resort hopping. The deluxe resorts go above and beyond in their decorations. All have giant Christmas trees with decorations that correspond to the theme of the resort.

There is a life-sized gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, and you can purchase delicious gingerbread cookies there. At least 5 other Disney resorts have gingerbread displays, all unique.  Check them all out!

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The annual Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

But, be aware that in late 2018 the parking guards really started cracking down on limiting parking to resort guests only at the deluxe resorts during the holiday season.  It’s best to park at one of the other resorts on property like All Stars and take the Disney transportation bus around.

Here are a few of our favorite places to resort hop:

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Our #1 place to resort hop!

The Grand Floridian

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center. There is also a water launch which is fun as long as it’s not cold out. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a bus.

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Lobby. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s. Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

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Resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian the same ways as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian. Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or get a tropical cocktail at the lounge outside of O’Hana or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes

CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You get to the Contemporary the same way you get to the Polynesian resort since it’s a monorail resort or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom.

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Walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom.

Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property. If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of unique options for everyone’s tastes. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.

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Electrical Water Pageant: It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s. If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.

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Don’t forget to stop in at the Wilderness Lodge and check out the huge Christmas tree! So pretty!!!

Wilderness Lodge

To get to the Wilderness Lodge, you can take a boat from the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary Resort, or a bus from the other parks. This is one of our favorite places to explore. Go on a search for hidden Mickeys. Watch the geyser erupt outside, or sit in the immense lobby straight from our National Parks. Take a close look at the towering fireplace.  Book a dinner reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe – it’s one of the most fun and family-oriented restaurants on property. Roast some marshmallows over the campfire outside (free). You can also catch the Electrical Water Pageant going by at night.

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Here’s a funny shot, trying to get all of us in the photo! Our waitress was so nice!

The Yacht & Beach Clubs

These resorts are sister resorts, sharing a fabulous pool, in the Epcot resort area. If you’re at Epcot, you can walk out the back entrance at the International Gateway between the France and United Kingdom pavilions and continue on the sidewalk straight to the resorts.

Try a kitchen sink sundae from Beaches & Cream soda shop. Sit on the sandy beach and watch the Friendship boats go by. In the evenings, catch a movie under the stars on this same beach. Go to the lobby of the Yacht Club and visit with the Captain. Browse their gift shops – they’re some of our favorites!

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Disney Boardwalk – See it during the day, but come back at night…it’s magical!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is a great place to resort hop in the evenings. You can get there the same ways you can get to Yacht & Beach Clubs, as there are sidewalks that connect the three resorts.

If you’re hungry, try the walk-up pizza by the slice window or grab a sweet treat from the Confectionery. There are always street performers to watch and plenty of benches and tables to sit and enjoy the ambiance.

You can rent a surrey bike here as well. Catch a sporting event at the ESPN club. If you stand on the bridge between the Boardwalk and the Yacht & Beach Clubs looking towards Epcot, you can view the 9pm IllumiNations fireworks at the end your day.

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We love the new Happily Ever After fireworks show!!  ❤

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Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters