Downtown Disney is a magical place during the holiday season. There are dazzling light displays, carolers, special entertainment, plus shopping galore.
There are also photo opportunities with old St. Nick himself. I must tell you this is THE BEST place to see Santa. Every time we have visited Santa’s Chalet we haven’t waited long. Santa will be checking that list through Christmas Eve from noon until 9:30 p.m. And if you miss Santa, Santa Goofy is there from December 25 through January 3, 2011, from 3-9:30 p.m.
Take a look at this amazing view from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i. It was shot at dawn by one of our longtime Disney photographers David Roark who has spent time in Hawai`i capturing images of the resort’s construction and I wanted to share it with you. The moon was setting on the lagoon at Aulani at just the perfect time.
If this looks like paradise to you and you’d like to see more, I also have some great news to share. Today, we’re launching our new Aulani Facebook page. Check it out and let us know what you think as we countdown to opening day next year.
Ten years ago today, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge welcomed its first guests. The resort continues to be popular with Disney Vacation Club members because of its great guest service and its comfortable, rustic theme. I personally think it is a special place because it captures a homespun ambiance and sense of adventure of the great American Northwest National Park lodges at the turn of the century. The 114 two-bedroom villas connect to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Is this one of your favorites? Please let us know in comments.
Did you know that Thanksgiving brunch at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is an annual tradition for many locals? Besides the typical display of turkey and stuffing, the chefs add a little Florida to the menu with chilled seafood like snow crab, poached salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp and mussels. It’s a spread I thought a few of you would want to know about. There’s a ton of fave veggies and sides too, and even a kids menu for those fussy munchkins. It’s priced at $30.99 and $16.99 for ages 9 and under and reservations are required. Buffet is open from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. so come hungry, and be grateful.
I just wanted to let you know if you couldn’t get tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, you can still trick-or-treat at Walt Disney World Resort. On both Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, kids can don costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Downtown Disney. There are at least 20 shops and restaurants throughout the West Side, Pleasure Island and the Marketplace that will offer goodies from 5-9 p.m. There’s also a kid’s DJ dance party at the Waterside Stage, a magician, stilt walkers, storytelling and a few other happy haunts. Sounds like fun for the whole family!
When you walk into one of the newly renovated villas at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, you really notice a difference. I liked them before, but wow, they are really nice. The hardwood floors and whimsical window treatments caught my eye.
And I personally think they nailed it with the bedding. The warm colors are very elegant while still capturing the playful nature of Key West. The villas also have fancy new granite countertops, pretty new light fixtures and of course flat screen TVs. The housekeeping staff sure has fun creating the towel animals placed throughout the villas. Check out the images shot this week.
It is hard to believe but 15 years ago today the first off-site Disney Vacation Club Resort opened on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Cast members gathered around Disney’s Vero Beach Resort to mark opening day, Oct. 1, 1995. Now 15 years later the laid back resort has changed a bit since that day — most recently adding a 1,500-square-foot spa. But for most folks, the various changes throughout the years have been subtle enough that they still feel like they are “going home.” Wonder if cast members can spot themselves in the picture.
I haven’t posted for a few weeks because I was on vacation. It was a hodge-podge holiday combining family visits, a little business and some long overdue beach time. I was amazed to walk along the beach and see so much sea life – including star fish, jelly fish and even turtles.
The sea turtles have always fascinated me with their prehistoric looks. Secondly, it is hard to imagine how they lay their eggs and then head back to the sea leaving their helpless eggs to nest and then hatch on the beach. Luckily, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has a Sea Turtle Conservancy program to raise awareness about the threats that impact sea turtle nesting. This picture shows a loggerhead sea turtle, who had just laid its eggs, as part of Tour de Turtles. It was fitted with satellite transmitters and released to the sea. Disney’s Animal Programs researchers are tracking some 10 endangered sea turtles to learn more about their habits and migratory patterns. It’s a pretty cool program you can watch unfold on www.tourdeturtles.org.