4 Tips to Create Sand Sculptures Like a Pro

Tips Create Sand Sculptures

Summer is winding down. Kids are heading back to school. There are still a few weekends left to be part of Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts that I told you about in June – or even hit your local beach and try out some of these sand castle building tips from an expert!

Tips Create Sand SculpturesBuilding a sand castle on the beach is a classic summer family activity.  For those who are a tired of the standard castle and moat, there are some simple tips and tricks the experts use that can help anyone develop their sand sculpting skills and impress their friends and family. 

Mark Mason is the owner of Team Sandtastic, a professional sand sculpting team recognized as one of the best in the world.  They’ve won numerous competitions and hold the world record for the tallest sand castle ever hand built.  From August 26 – Sept 4, their work will be on display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort as part of Sandtastic Weekends.

Even if you’re not planning to go pro, Mason offers the following simple tricks to take your sand sculpting to the next level:

Make the most of household items

You likely already own most of the best sand sculpting tools available.  They are common household goods that can typically be found in your garage and your kitchen.  In the garage look for a 2-foot section of a 2”x4”, small paint brushes and gardening spade shovels.  In the kitchen, look for spatulas, melon ballers, cake icing spreaders, measuring spoons, straws and wooden shish kabob spears.  All of these are great carving tools. 

Use a bigger bucket

If you want a bigger sculpture, you’ll need a bigger bucket.  Those plastic children’s sand buckets offer the right idea – put sand inside a bucket and turn it upside to start your sculpture – however they aren’t nearly big enough to get a good starting block to carve.  Instead, take a 5-gallon bucket and cut the bottom out.  Filled with sand, the bucket would be too heavy to flip. But with the bottom removed, you can pack it with sand from the bottom up once you place it upside down in the sand.   

Sand consistency is important

As you pack your sand, be mindful of the consistency.  The sand should be wet, but not too soupy and not too dry.  Pack in the sand 3 inches at a time, tamping it down with the 2”x4” piece to make sure it is packed in tightly.  Keep adding sand 3 inches at a time until you’ve filled your bucket.  If your sand consistency is good, you should be able to tap the sides of the bucket with your piece of wood and remove the bucket to have your starting sand block. 

Tell a story

As you decide what to create, remember that creating a collage of several shapes is easier and more interesting than holding yourself to one shape.  Instead of a person saying, “It’s a dog,” try to get them to say, “It’s a dog that’s dug a hole where a you can see a snake has been because there’s a snake coming out of a hole on the other side of the plot and it’s biting at the dog’s tail.”

Tips Create Sand Sculptures

Visitors can watch the pros and learn tips directly from Team Sandtastic as part of Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Aug 26 -28 and Sept. 4 – 6.  The event will feature 100 tons of sculpted sand, sand sculpting clinics, amateur sculpting contests, speed sculpting demonstrations, food, entertainment, games and more.  For more information, visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.




Pete’s Dragon Opens Today! Check Out These Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes

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The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere TODAY! August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!

 

Check out these Pete’s Dragon Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes!

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And don’t forget your Disneybound outfit when you hit the theaters this weekend!

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New Experiences Announced for WDW Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

New Experiences Announced for

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

All-new brunch offering and two new seminars to join seventh annual event

Swan Dolphin Food Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars, Craft Cocktails and More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Guests can extend their Food & Wine Classic experience one more day at the first ever Sunday Champagne Brunch on October 30, featuring a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes. The brunch, presented by J Vineyards and Winery, will include various cured meats and imported cheeses along with an array of sushi and trattoria-inspired entrees.

The Sunday Champagne Brunch can be booked along with a 2-night stay or Saturday night stay festival package for $75 per person, which includes one glass of J Vineyards champagne or specialty mimosa. Available seatings are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Along with the Sunday Champagne Brunch, event attendees can experience two new seminars that have been added to the selection of hands-on educational experiences taught by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team. The new spirits seminar, Craft Cocktails, educates guests on the origins of traditional cocktails and how to make them. More than Malbec introduces the world of popular Argentinian wines, with tastings and tips for pairing.

Returning beverage seminars will be Wine Blending, Italian Wines, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please and TQU: Tequila University, while The Cheese Course, Pasta Making and Fine Art of Sushi and Sake return as pairing seminars.

Beverage seminar tickets are $50 per person, and pairing seminar tickets are $70 per person and require the purchase of the general outdoor causeway ticket.

Fans can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2016 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.

About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500,www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.




Win a Stay in the Presidential Suite at WDW Swan and Dolphin

Presidential Suite WDW Swan Dolphin

Presidential Suite WDW Swan Dolphin

That someone could be YOU!

To become one of the candidates, simply sign up to receive an occasional newsletter from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and you are automatically entered into the drawing.

It’s that easy! No campaign trail, no speeches, no debates!

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If “elected”, you and up to four friends or family members will be invited to serve a 2-night/3-day “term” in one of our spacious and stunning Presidential Suites. You’ll also enjoy uniting your party for a “state” dinner with a $250 dining certificate which can be used at Todd English’s bluezoo, Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria or any of our 17 restaurants and lounges. In addition, each member of your party will receive a 2-day Disney Park Hopper Pass (up to four).
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You’ll be treated as “Mister or Madam President” from the moment you arrive in Orlando! If you arrive by air, you and your party will be whisked away to the resort with complimentary transportation. And we’ll roll out the red carpet for you as you will be personally greeted at the door by our Hotel Manager and escorted to your suite. A presidential amenity, created by our two-time World Champion Pastry Chef, Laurent Branlard will be waiting in your room!

As America awakens on November 9, 2016 to hear the announcement of our country’s next President, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will announce its potential winner on this page, so make sure to check back!

Sign up now and you may soon be celebrating your Presidential victory at the
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort!

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers eight Presidential Suites featuring elegant bathroom and bedroom appointments richly designed in residential style décor. These high-end suites offer a sophisticated palette of colors, contemporary amenities, and an overall ambiance that’s equally appealing to the business client as it is to the vacationing resort guest.

Entry foyers welcome the discerning traveler. Original works of art, a 55” widescreen flat panel LCD TV, full WiFi and a baby grand piano distinguish each remarkable suite. Rich fabrics, elegant lighting, custom furniture and understated accessories complete the look. Kitchens feature new appliances, colors and surfaces one would find in an upscale private home. And the integration of the living and dining rooms with the adjoining bedrooms create a pleasing continuity throughout each suite.

At the Swan, four Presidential Suites offer the highest quality standards in comfort and amenities to cater to your every need. Two stylish, oversized bedrooms feature their own flat screen TVs, deluxe private bathrooms, all of the amenities found in our Standard Guest Rooms, and the sumptuous Westin Heavenly Beds®: king-size in the master bedroom, two queens in the optional connecting guest room. The sprawling parlor boasts another entertainment center with 55” widescreen flat panel LCD TV, plenty of comfortable seating, an extra full bath, and a full kitchen with wet bar, plus a conference table for eight. In addition, the two suites located on the uppermost floor offer balconies with dramatic views of Crescent Lake.

SWAN PRESIDENTIAL SUITES INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:

  • 1,000 SQUARE FOOT PARLOR
  • OPTIONAL SECONDARY GUEST ROOM IS AVAILABLE
  • 55” WIDESCREEN FLAT PANEL LCD TV WITH 30 CHANNELS OF YOUR FAVORITE HD PROGRAMMING INCLUDING SHOWTIME® AND ESPN®
  • ENTERTAINMENT CONSOLE
  • GRAND PIANO
  • CONFERENCE TABLE FOR EIGHT
  • KITCHEN
  • WET BAR
  • SOFA
  • TWO LOUNGE CHAIRS
  • FLOOR LAMPS
  • JACUZZI®
  • SUITES ON THE UPPERMOST FLOOR ALSO FEATURE BALCONIES (ONE OR THREE) OVERLOOKING CRESCENT LAKE



Sandtastic Sand Sculpting Weekends at WDW Swan and Dolphin

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to host Sandtastic Weekends

Two-weekend event will feature 100 tons of professionally designed sand sculptures,

sand sculpting clinics, DJ and more

Sandtastic Sand Sculpting Swan Dolphin

For the first time, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will host Sandtastic Weekends on August 26-28 and September 2-4. Open to both resort guests and the public, the event will feature activities for all ages, with the highlight being 100 tons of intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors from Team Sandtastic and constructed right on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s private beach.

The event will offer guests a variety of different ways to take part in the action, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a sand sculpting clinic. Those with a competitive side can take part in amateur sculpting contests or try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes.

The fun will extend beyond the sand sculpting, with plenty of indoor and outdoor food selections featuring creations from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, including the resort’s own Phins and Feathers craft beer; games on the beach like corn hole and table tennis; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s’mores.

The fun continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, with special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors. Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen.

Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.

What: Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Info: The first ever Sandtastic Weekends at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on August 26-28 and September 2-4 will feature activities for guests of all ages, including sand sculpting classes, amateur sculpting contests, speed sculpting demonstrations, games like corn hole and table tennis, a DJ, campfire and s’mores and a movie under the stars. The event continues to Labor Day Monday, September 5, where football fans can watch the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State and Ole Miss on an oversized projection screen beginning at 7 p.m.

When: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28 and Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4; 12-10:30 p.m. (for full schedule, check www.sandtasticweekends.com)

Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Beach, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Ticket Information:  Sandtastic Weekends are free and open to resort guests and the public. Overnight accommodations start $168 per night and can be made athttp://www.swandolphin.com/sandtastic/stay . Parking at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is $18 for self-parking and $26 for valet.

About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The resort is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout theWalt Disney World Resort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The resort can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.