If you are still not sure what to get for your Valentine this weekend, chocolate is the sweetest of gifts in my book. The exquisite chocolates from The Ganachery, a sophisticated chocolate boutique at Disney Springs, are the real deal. And on February 13 and 14, guests visiting Senses – A Disney Spa can savor the taste of these handcrafted, decadent ganache squares as part of their spa treatments during Valentine’s Weekend at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts. Plus, expert Chocolatiers from The Ganachery will be on site at the Grand Floridian Spa from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. showcasing the handmade Valentine-themed treats — just right for the occasion. Take a peek at what’s in store as an indulgent gift for your sweetie.
posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Let’s face it, most little kids love animals. Whether it’s a puppy dog or a bunny rabbit, preschoolers are fascinated by living creatures. So imagine their first encounter with an exotic animal like a wildebeest, giraffe or zebra. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests get that rare opportunity to get up close with wildlife they might not otherwise get the chance to see – all in one place. Little ones delight as they watch the animals roaming in the wild throughout lush savannas – a place where more than 200 mammals and birds call home.
Besides the animal encounters, there’s lot of reasons preschoolers will love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Resort guests can enjoy shaded playgrounds, kiddie pools, movies under the stars, Simba’s Cubhouse, and organized poolside activities. My favorite is the storytelling around the fire pit paired with a delicious marshmallow roast. A nice way to end your Disney day.
So next time you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, celebrate the colorful world of this African wildlife reserve through the eyes of your child. Remember these first experiences with animals are an invaluable way to teach your little ones to love and respect nature and the wild. To learn more about planning a trip to Disney with preschoolers, visit Disneyworld.com/littleones.
posted on January 8th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Attention Disney Channel and Disney Junior fans! Watchers of “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” the hit TV movie that just debuted on Disney Channel in November, will soon be able to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a brand new Disney’s Animal Kingdom experience called The Lion Guard Adventure.
The fun starts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on February 7. This interactive experience will allow young guests to explore the park in search of five main characters from “The Lion Guard” – Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, and Ono, who are represented as colorful statues that are perfect for a kid-sized photo-ops. Like the movie, the experience encourages interest in protecting animals and caring for nature. Once they complete the adventure, each child can take a special pledge to become an honorary member of “The Lion Guard” and receive a special button.
The experience will be offered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom through late March, as one of many activities celebrating the debut of “The Lion Guard” series on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
posted on December 11th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Today, for our continuing #DisneyKids series, I want you to meet an adorable little princess named Giselle. Giselle loves coming to Walt Disney World Resort, especially if it means she can wear one of her Disney Princess dresses or even other costumes like Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan,” or Russell from “Up.”
Giselle’s magical Disney Parks experiences began last year when she made her first visit at the age of 4, wearing a dress that her mom, Kristina, made for the occasion. According to Kristina, Giselle, who has Down Syndrome, comes alive with happiness when interacting with Disney characters – creating moments that Kristina loves capturing on camera. Each time they plan a return visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Kristina creates new costumes for photos and fun.
Kristina eventually posted a few photos online and the popularity of the images grew so much that Giselle’s Walt Disney World Resort photos became an internet sensation. These days, you can Giselle’s latest magical adventure on Facebook at “Giselle’s Garden.”
Here’s a video from Giselle’s most recent visit when the family visited some favorite characters, including Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave,” Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
posted on December 4th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
The next resort in our Disney Parks Blog series, “Room with a View,” takes you out to the boardwalk — Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, that is. This turn-of-the-century-style resort is reminiscent of boardwalks from coastal cities like Atlantic City and Coney Island in their heyday. I can remember when Disney opened the doors to this deluxe property in 1996, completing the lakeside resort and entertainment district with the neighboring Yacht and Beach Club Resorts — all designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The entire boardwalk has the charm and nostalgia of an old-time boardwalk with modern day restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Today, let’s step inside room 3229 at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, an Innkeepers Club room that includes access to the concierge lounge. There’s vintage-like furnishings, brass lights, rich woodwork, and striped coverlets on two queen-size beds. Guests will enjoy the whimsical shower curtain decorated with Ferris wheels, drapes adorned with boardwalk scenes, plus period artwork and framed postcards from Asbury Park. The room has two flat screen TVs, a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, double vanity, and a nice size sitting area with a pull-out couch.
The roomy balcony beckons to views of a bustling promenade where guests are strolling over to Epcot, sipping cocktails at BoardWalk Joes, dining at Trattoria al Forno, or taking in Stormalong Bay just across the lake. The boardwalk magically transitions from day to night with a lively spirit — street performers, midway games and twinkling lights. So come take a look for yourself at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
posted on November 27th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
This week we travel to Epcot with Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Crystal, to explore fun for little ones from Future World to World Showcase. One “must-see” pavilion great for the whole family is The Seas With Nemo & Friends. Kids can frolic in the big blue world with Nemo and pals, plus get up close with real underwater sea life in a bunch of ways. In World Showcase, there’s lots to do including Kidcot Fun Stops with crafts and activities — true lifesavers when you are looking for a quick way to entertain tired youngsters. There’s so much to explore at this sprawling 300 acre park, so check out Crystal’s helpful tips.
posted on November 20th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
If you are looking for a cheerful new wallpaper, I have one that will brighten up your day! Talented Disney artists created this kid-friendly design filled with favorite Disney icons.
posted on November 16th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
There’s some whimsy coming to two Children’s Activity Centers at Walt Disney World Resort. Beginning, December 4 at the Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort kiddos will be able enjoy activities similar to the award-winning programming onboard Disney Cruise Line. These supervised centers that cater to kids 3 to 12 and will now offer cooking activities, adventures in science, plus enchanting character interactions. There’s still all sorts of toys and games, dress up, crafts, storytelling and dancing for little ones too – and dinner is included! So if you are looking for a fun night out while on vacation at Disney, rest assured your kids will have a magical night sure to delight. Pricing is $55 per child from 4:30 to midnight. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations and more information.
posted on November 13th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Straight from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, here’s the second of the four-part series Fun With Little Ones, featuring insider tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Crystal B. She takes you on an adventure thru Disney’s Animal Kingdom and highlights don’t miss experiences like The Boneyard and Wildlife Express Train, just right for wee ones.
For more from the “fun with Little Ones” series, visit the post below:
posted on November 6th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
There’s so much entertaining Disney Junior stuff for kiddos to do at Walt Disney World Resort. Little ones love to see all their favorite Disney Junior characters like Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Captain Jake, and sing and dance to familiar tunes. Take a look at these playful tips to help you plan your next visit to Disney so you won’t miss all the Disney Junior experiences around our world.