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Disney Spa Recognized with ARDY Award

posted on April 14th, 2011 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


It’s no wonder The Spa at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort took home a special ARDY Award for “Amenities” during the 2011 ARDA Conference in Orlando. (The various awards honor the best of the best in the timeshare industry.) For one thing, you couldn’t get me out of the place when it opened in September. With its organic and eco-friendly products and services, it truly melts away stress and makes you feel like a princess.

The Spa at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

The 1,500-square-foot relaxing retreat is a nice complement to the laid back 211-room resort on Florida’s Treasure coast. Its signature body treatment that includes a Vichy shower, plus toxin free and vegan nail treatments, couple’s massages and kids’ treatments (plus delicious light fare) are all on the menu to restore the mind and body.

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Hippity Hoppity Easter is On Its Way to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

posted on April 8th, 2011 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Easter festivities for the whole family are on tap at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on April 24. In addition to the popular Easter egg hunt (7 a.m and 9 a.m.) the resort is once again offering its amazing Easter buffet at Shutters from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for both locals and resort guests.

Fresh breads and rolls, spring pea bisque, chilled seafood, salad and pasta stations, cold buffet, carving station, plus an omelette station (available until 3 p.m.) are on the menu. The chef will also prepare Beef Wellington and seared filet of Sole, plus an array of desserts fit for a king. Kids’ offerings include mac and cheese, mini corn dogs and chicken fingers. Price is $28.99 for 10 years old and older; $16.99 for ages 9 and under.

And the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland” will greet guests at various times throughout the day in the hotel lobby. Reservations required. Please call 772-234-2180.

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Irish Merriment and Dance on Tap at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney

posted on March 9th, 2011 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Being an Irish gal, one of my favorite days is just around the corner – St. Patty’s Day. So I was psyched to see that Raglan Road is hosting a pre-party to St. Patrick’s Day.

Dancers at Raglan Road (Photograph by Diana Zalucky)

On Sunday, March 13, Raglan Road will host a ceili, which is a fancy way to say a big Irish party with music and dance. It is actually one of Ireland’s oldest traditions and will showcase a variety of step dances like the popular Riverdance, the Walls of Limerick, the Waves of Troy and more. The ceili dances are typically danced to Irish instruments such as the Irish hand drum or harp. The fun starts at 2 p.m. at Downtown Disney and families are welcome.

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Families Invited to Ring in New Year with Cyber Celebration at Downtown Disney DisneyQuest

posted on December 20th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If you have tweens or teens you might want to head to Downtown Disney for New Year’s Eve. DisneyQuest is hosting a family-friendly special event that sounds like a lot of fun.

The party begins at 8 p.m. and includes access to five floors of cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3D encounters fueled by Disney innovation and imagination. A DJ will be on hand to ring in the new year and keep the evening rocking till 1 a.m. The price is $39 for advance tickets and $45 day of, and includes pizza, soft drinks and party favors.

Visit Disneyworld.com/DisneyQuestParty for more details or call 407-WDISNEY. Or get tickets at the DisneyQuest box office.

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Downtown Disney is All Dressed Up for the Holidays, Plus Santa

posted on December 13th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Holiday Decorations at Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a magical place during the holiday season. There are dazzling light displays, carolers, special entertainment, plus shopping galore.

Santa at Downtown Disney

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.

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Marvelous Moonlight at Aulani

posted on November 19th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Moon Setting at Aulani, By: David Roark

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.

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Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Celebrate a Decade of Delivering Top-Notch Service

posted on November 15th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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.

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A Memorable Feast With All the Trimmings at Disney’s Vero Beach

posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Thanksgiving Brunch at Disney's Vero Beach Resort

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.

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Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney

posted on October 22nd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Boy Enjoying Halloween at Disney

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!

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Disney’s Old Key West is Like ‘New Key West’ with Renovations

posted on October 6th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Newly Renovated Villa at Old Key West
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.

Newly Renovated Kitchen at Old Key West Villas New Bedding New Bedding and Fixtures
New Lighting Fixtures for Old Key West Villas Mickey Railings at Old Key West Animal Towels in the Villas
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