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Disney Skyliner Transportation System

Way back in July we shared all the news about what will be coming to Disney Parks from the D23 Expo. That news included the announcement of a new Disney Skyliner. The skyliner is a transportation system that is being built to transport resort guests from select Disney resorts to Epcot and to Hollywood Studios. This week the Disney Parks Blog released all new details on the Disney Skyliner System.

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Select Disney Skyliner cabins will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more.

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The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.

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The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.

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The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.

Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.




Eating in Epcot for $14.99 and Under

Continuing with the discussion started last week (Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under) of eating in the Disney parks for $14.99 and under, Epcot is next up on the list. The choices in Epcot are much better than in any other park simply because of the number of food outlets available. Since food is one of the most expensive items (after accommodations and park passes) added to any Walt Disney World Resort vacation, contributor Julia has compiled her money saving tips for eating in each park for a bargain – be sure to check back next week for Eating in Hollywood Studios for $14.99 and Under.

Budget Eating Epcot

Here are some ways Julia beats the high cost of food when visiting Epcot:

I often order kid’s meals at quick service locations. They are more than enough food and much less expensive! Some of the lunch and breakfast items at Epcot are ideal for using the kid’s meal rule – they are more than enough for an adult. The portions are large and offer the meal along with a small drink and some fruit. Don’t forget – some snack or desert items are HUGE and can be a special treat to have desert for lunch!

For some reason, some items cost more in one location than another and I don’t know why. If an item is on the list, it is at the cheaper location (Turkey leg in MK is currently $10.99 but in EPCOT is $11.75 and in AK it’s $14.50 w/chips! Cheese sauce is $1.00 in MK and HS but only $.75 in Epcot). This seems to be the case with some alcoholic drinks too. TIP: EPCOT is the priciest of parks when it comes to food and drinks, but also has some items/drinks you can’t find in other parks.

Information is accurate as of August, 2017

Future World

Electric Umbrella

  • Veggie Naan-wich – Naan Bread filled with Broccoli Slaw, Edamame and drizzled with Tofu Wasabi Dressing served with French Fries ($9.99)
  • Chicken Breast Nuggets (8 pieces) served with French Fries ($9.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Chicken Breast Nuggets – includes Dannon Danimals Smoothie, Apple Slices, choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Bottled Water, Small Nesquik Chocolate Milk, Cherry Gelatin, Apple Slices, and French Fries, or Cookie substituted upon request. ($6.79)
  • No Sugar Added Brownie ($4.19) paired with a Frozen Pineapple-Coconut Slushie ($4.29)

The Land Cart

  • Fruit and Cheese plate – Grapes, Strawberries, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese ($6.50)
  • Vegetable Plate – Broccoli, Carrot Sticks, and Tomatoes with Dip ($4.25)
  • Whole fruit, Hummus with pretzels, Veggie chips ($2 – $5)

Sunshine Seasons – Breakfast

  • Breakfast Power Wrap – with Wild Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Avocado, and Tofu ($8.49)
  • Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding ($9.99)
  • Breakfast Panini – Pork, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Arugula, Tomato, Chorizo-Pepper Jack Mornay Sauce, served with choice of side ($8.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water ($5.99)

 Sunshine Seasons – Lunch and Dinner

  • Various Desserts – Creme brulee, pie, tart, brownie, cheesecakes ($3 – $6) with a cup of coffee – perfect for a light lunch!
  • (Kids’ meal) Salmon served with Green Beans and includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($7.29)
  • (Kids’ meal) Chicken Wrap served with Carrots and Apple Slices and includes choice of GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.79)
  • (Kids’ meal) Pasta with Marinara with Turkey Meatball includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Ceasar Salad with Oak-fired Chicken served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water ($5.99)
  • (Kids’ meal) Mongolian Beef served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water.  ($7.29)

World Showcase

Crepes des Chefs de France

  • Various Crepes ($4.50 – $6)

Gelati

  • Various ways to eat gelato flavors ($6.50 – $10)
  • Primavera –  Frozen Blend of Strawberry, Banana, and Peach Nectars ($5.25)

Joy of Tea

  • Curry Chicken Pocket ($4.50)
  • Lucky Combo – A Curry Chicken Pocket with your choice of two Egg Rolls, a Soft Drink and an Ice Cream ($10.98)
  • Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream OR Caramel Ginger Ice Cream ($3.25)
  • Interesting smoothies, teas, and drinks ($3 – $9)

Kabuki Cafe

  • Sushi ($5 – $5.50)

Katsura Grill

  • Sushi in larger portions ($9 – $12)
  • Steamed Rice ($2)
  • Miso Soup ($3)
  • Edemame ($4.00)
  • (Kids’ meals) Chicken Teriyaki with Mix Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($8.00)
  • Chicken & Shrimp OR Beef & Shrimp Teriyaki – each come with Mixed Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($9.00)
  • Green Tea Ice Cream ($4.00)
  • Green Tea Cheesecake ($4.50)

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • Various yummy pastries I’ve never heard of ($3 – $5.50)
  • School Bread EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT and says you have to try! – Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut ($3.49) Very large!
  • Ham and Apple Sandwich – Ham, Apple and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with a Sweet Apple Chutney on Toasted Multigrain Bread ($7.99)
  • Norwegian Club – Ham, Turkey, Bacon, Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion and Lingonberry Mayonnaise on Toasted Multi-grain Bread ($8.99)

La Cantina San Angel

  • Nacho Cheese ($.75)
  • Paletas – traditional Fruit Popsicles with choice of Watermelon, Mango, Lime, and Coconut ($3.95)

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

  • Baguette – Half Fresh from our oven ($1.85)
  • Baguette – Whole Fresh from our oven ($2.95)
  • Fromages – Imported Cheese plate ($9.25)
  • Palmier – Cinnamon and Chocolate Elephant Ears ($3.85)

Liberty Inn

  • Freshly Grilled Vegetarian “Chick’n” Breast served with Guacamole, Chipotle Corn Salsa, Lettuce, and Tomato ($9.99)
  • Surf and Turf – Grilled 6oz NY Strip Steak and Fried Shrimp served with Demi Butter, French Fries and Steamed Broccoli ($14.99)

Lotus Blossom Cafe

  • Chicken Pot Stickers ($5.25)
  • Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry over rice ($9.99)
  • (Kids’ meal) Sweet and Sour Chicken with Steamed Rice and choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95)
  • (Kids’ meal) Potstickers & Spring Rolls with choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95)
  • Lychee Ice Cream ($3.50)

Promenade Refreshments

  • House-made Ranch Kettle Chips ($2.99)

Refreshment Port

  • Croissant Donut aka “Cronut” tossed in Cinnamon Sugar ($4.99)
  • Adult Godiva Hot Chocolate – Hot Cocoa with Godiva Liqueur $10

Tangierine Cafe

  • Vegetable Platter served with Tangierine Couscous Salad, Hummus and Tabouleh ($12.99)
  • Shawarma Lamb Platter served with a side of Hummus, Tabouleh, and Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread ($13.99)
  • Tabouleh ($3.99)
  • Tangierine Couscous Salad ($3.99)

What are your favorite Epcot spots for saving money on food?

Up next week will be Eating in Hollywood Studios for $14.99 and Under. And don’t forget to take a look at Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under!

Julia and her son are frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. She admins a great Facebook group for Disney lovers that you can find HERE

You might also find 50 Great Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget helpful for planning a trip to WDW




My Two Favorite Cocktail Spots at Epcot

My two favorite spots to enjoy a cold cocktail just happen to be in Epcot. They are both a favorite not necessarily because of the location, but more for the cocktail I enjoy there. I really enjoy just roaming around Epcot from spot to spot. From bench to bench. I find the entire World Showcase to be a relaxing walk through time, different countries, different foods and one of the best ways I like to spend a day at Walt Disney World.

THE JOY OF TEA

My son loves tea – any kind of tea – hot or cold, so whenever I visit Epcot with him, The Joy of Tea is a necessary stop. He also loves the beer flights at the Germany pavilion, but that’s a story for a different time and place! The Joy of Tea has an outstanding selection of tea and tea-infused drinks. It is an easily overlooked spot since it is nothing more than a stand outside of the China Pavilion just in front of the lagoon and blends in with nearby displays

One of my favorites has become the Tipsy Ducks in Love, billed as a “Hong Kong Style Yuan Yang Drink. While I have no idea what that means, I know that the Tipsy Ducks in Love, available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, is something everyone should try. It is made with a creamy cold tea and coffee combination blended with chocolate and bourbon, with or without whipped cream. 

I really enjoy getting a Tipsy Duck right around the time for the next show outside the China Pavilion. I’ll find a bench, sit and sip and enjoy the show!

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Les Vins des Chefs de France

I like to mix it up a bit when I get to the France Pavilion! I like to switch between the Grand Marnier Slush and the Grey Goose Citron Slush. Both of these are so refreshing on a really hot, OMG I’m melting, day at Epcot. Both are so refreshing and easy to get down so be very careful. Of course the number one issue can be that sneaky hits you in the head brain freeze! The other one is the fact that a bit of tipsy can sneak up on you with both of these drinks (especially if you had sampled some others on your stroll around the world).

There are so many spots in France to relax, I usually have my pick of a few to choose from. It’s always a plus when there is an outside show going on but if not, the area is full of spots to sip and chill!

Do you have a favorite cocktail or sipping spot in Epcot?




Keeping the Kids Happy at Epcot

I wanted to revive this older post because I have recently been reading on social media some recommending that people skip Epcot with kids. There is much more to Epcot than Frozen Ever After! Epcot is a wonderful way to spend a day with little ones. It’s also a much more relaxed day than the other parks so gives the kids plenty to do but at a slower pace so is an ideal mid-week park. Get a bit of a rest but still Lots of fun!

Kids Epcot

I’m always surprised when I hear people say there isn’t anything for their kids to do at EPCOT or that their young kids don’t like EPCOT. My kids loved going to EPCOT and now my granddaughter loves going to EPCOT. Admittedly, there was a little more for the little ones when my kids where young, but it’s still possible to keep the kids engaged and happy spending a day there.

Food

I like to have a meal in a different country of World Showcase each time we visit to expose the kids to different foods of the world. I know many say their kids won’t eat different food but you actually will never know if you don’t try! 

Meet the Characters

Just like every other park at Walt Disney World, EPCOT offers characters for the kids to meet and greet. There are even a few that won’t be found in any of the other parks.

Get Your Passports Stamped

Kids EpcotEPOT is home of the “Kidcot” program. All of the World Showcase countries have “Kidcot stations”. The kids are given a picture of Duffy the Bear to color and at each station they can get a stamp on their passport or autograph book and can sit and decorate their bear. Yes, “FREE” is a word rarely heard in Walt Disney World. The kids will also learn how to say “Hello” in each of the different languages. Kids love the idea of “collecting” the stamps and in the process will be taught some new skills.

Kidcot Fun Stops keep the kids motivated to travel to each country in the World Showcase country. Even young kids will have fun coloring at the free craft stations. If you purchase the passport for the kids they will also receive stickers to decorate the book and there is a scavenger hunt aspect of filling the passport and it makes a great souvenir of the day at EPCOT. If you don’t want to purchase a passport, they can still collect stamps and participate in the activities at the Kidcot station in each land using their autograph book or participate without collecting the stamps. No child is turned away!

Go Undercover

Kids EpcotSchool-aged kids LOVE Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. There are several locations where you can sign up for this FREE (yes! Free again!) activity and pick up the interactive handheld device that will guide them through the mission searching for clues throughout the countries of the World Showcase. Each mission only takes about 20 to 30 minutes and has the kids eager to explore the country pavilions.

Special Events

EPCOT hosts special events throughout the year. The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is held each spring and features beautiful flower displays and topiaries of favorite Disney characters. There are also various activities, seminars, and classes available for the kids to take. Holidays Around the World is another great celebration, where the kids will learn about holiday traditions from around the world. 

Fireworks

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show is the perfect way to end a day at EPCOT. Some of the restaurants in the World Showcase offer great views of the fireworks right from your dinner table. 

Pick a Pearl

Head to the Japan Pavilion and “Pick a Pearl” in the store. They will open the oyster and present your pearl. You can have them set it in a piece of jewelry or take it home as is. 

MOUSEllaneous!

Teaching children about the different countries represented throughout EPCOT is an important part of their vacation. The entire day can be educational as well as fun! 

crushdorieThe Living Seas has a focus on “Finding Nemo” and every kid loves spending time there, especially “Turtle Talk With Crush”.

Journey Into Imagination is a cute ride for all ages. When you are finished riding the attraction, there are all sorts of interactive stations for the kids to enjoy at the “ImageWorks Lab. (You don’t have to go on the ride to access this area.) 

Throughout the day most of the countries offer scheduled entertainment. All of it is family-friendly. My family can watch the acrobats in China over and over again!

“Living with the Land”  offers a boat ride. The kids will love seeing the fish and baby alligators in one section you go through!

There really is more than enough to keep the little ones busy for a day at EPCOT ~ what are some of the ways your family enjoys EPCOT with the little ones?




Some Walt Disney World Fun Facts

Walt Disney World Fun Facts

Walt Disney World Resort at nearly 40-square-miles, is a world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, including nine Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex.  Walt Disney World Resort opened October 1, 1971 and is open daily, year-round.

There are nearly 70,000 Cast Members in Central Florida.

MAGIC KINGDOM 

Magic Kingdom, the first Walt Disney World Resort theme park, debuted in 1971 – 16 years after Walt Disney’s first park, Disneyland, opened in Anaheim, California.  Magic Kingdom’s blue- and gold-turreted, 18-tower icon, Cinderella Castle, rises 189 feet above the park’s 142 acres.

Following the success of Disneyland, which opened in 1955, entertainment pioneer Walt Disney (1901-1966) set his sights on what he called his company’s “most exciting and challenging assignment” — the creation of a vast vacation paradise known today as Walt Disney World Resort.  Walt’s dream was realized when Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme parks at the sprawling Florida site, opened October. 1, 1971.  Walt’s older brother and lifelong business partner, Roy O. Disney, inaugurated the park.  And the magic began.

The Magic Kingdom sits on 142 acres with the 189-feet-tall Cinderella Castle at its center.  Similar to Disneyland in California, Magic Kingdom is divided into six themed lands — Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; Frontierland; Liberty Square; Fantasyland; and Tomorrowland.  Popular attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, The Hall of Presidents, Mad Tea Party, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Country Bear Jamboree, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Princess Fairytale Hall.

EPCOT

Walt Disney envisioned a showcase for innovation, a place to celebrate human achievement and where people could experience the cutting edge of technology. On Oct. 1, 1978, Card Walker — then president of Walt Disney Productions — revealed plans for Epcot, a theme park inspired by Walt’s philosophies. A groundbreaking ceremony was held one year later and Epcot opened in 1982.  The debut of Innoventions in 1994 marked an exciting addition to the Epcot experience. This evolving technology exposition gives Epcot guests an opportunity to explore the latest inventions and innovations that may change the way they live their lives.

Epcot is an ever-changing international and discovery showplace covering 305 acres that opened October 1, 1982. Epcot has two entrances. The original entrance is convenient to the parking area and monorail station (the monorail runs between Epcot and Magic Kingdom Transportation and Ticket Center three miles to the north). The International Gateway entrance opened in 1990 between the United Kingdom and France pavilions in World Showcase, providing park access to guests staying in Epcot resort area hotels — Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin.

Future World – Themed areas focusing on discovery and scientific achievements: Spaceship Earth (Siemens), Universe of Energy, The Land, Soarin’, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Test Track, Mission: SPACE (HP).

World Showcase – Eleven nations surrounding World Showcase Lagoon: Canada, United Kingdom, France, Japan, The American Adventure, Italy, Germany, China, Mexico, Morocco, Norway.

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

The idea for a park based on favorite movie themes originated with Walt Disney at a time when studio back lot tours were limited to a privileged few. He first considered a park on his own back lot. Land issues combined with potential traffic problems caused him to look elsewhere; namely, Anaheim.  The result was Disneyland.  In the mid 1980s, a greatly expanded production schedule for The Walt Disney Company demanded more facilities. Rather than buy expensive land in California, the company utilized its Florida property and combined production facilities with theme-park attractions to give Disney guests a behind-the-scenes Hollywood experience.

This theme park sits on 135 acres. Production facilities opened in the summer of 1988. Entertainment facilities opened in May of 1989. Attractions include: “Toy Story Midway Mania!, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, The Great Movie Ride, “Muppet*Vision 3D”, “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!”, “Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage,” “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror, “Fantasmic!”, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Hanesbrands Inc.), “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!,” Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration. The park immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, Broadway-style shows and world-class entertainment.

DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

Adventures with real exotic animals, close encounters with prehistoric giants and warm, fuzzy moments with beloved Disney characters create unsurpassed fun. Walt Disney World Resort’s fourth major theme park sprawls across 403 acres. Jungles, forests and a vast savanna are divided into five themed lands: Africa, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery Island, Asia and Pandora – The World of Avatar. Major attractions include: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Primeval Whirl, “Festival of the Lion King,” “Finding Nemo-The Musical,” “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and Tree of Life. The park opened April 22, 1998. Animal Kingdom celebrates one amazing adventure after another with wild animals, exciting attractions, lavish stage shows and lovable characters! Where else can you ride a runaway train, take an authentic African safari or a whirling white-water raft ride?

DISNEY SPRINGS

Disney Springs  is home to signature dining, retail and premier entertainment experiences. A bustling metropolis of shopping, dining and entertainment locations, Disney Springs is the exciting reimagination of Downtown Disney. It consists of four neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center.

  • The 120-acre Disney Springs is in the east-central portion of Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Springs borders the south shore of Lake Buena Vista at the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Hotel Plaza Boulevard.
  • The location dates to its March 22, 1975 opening as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. Since then, it has taken several names in its evolution including, most recently, Downtown Disney.
  • Disney Springs was inspired by the welcoming, waterfront towns of the early 1900s; early Florida settlers were attracted by the springs and their natural beauty. “In Disney Springs, you enter more than a place to shop and dine,” said Keith Bradford, vice president of Disney Springs. “You enter a story–as only Disney can tell it.”
  • The multi-year makeover from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs more than doubled the number of locations. Today, more than 150 venues call Disney Springs home.
  • Entertainment ranges from street musicians to shows at Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues–in all, 25 different acts every night.
  • Shopping ranges from unique boutiques to high-end brand name retailers to Disney locations to everything in between.
  • Uniqueness stamps many shopping/dining/entertainment venues. In Town Center, UNIQLO’s Disney Springs location is the first in the southeast U.S. for the Japanese retailer. Dessert lovers can order from a cupcake-dispensing ATM at Sprinkles. Guests to the rooftop lounge of the Coca-Cola Store can pick from more than 100 drink choices. Vintage cars drive right onto the lake at The BOATHOUSE, among the waterfront restaurants and bars of The Landing. The Lego Store, Rainforest Café, World of Disney and Dockside Margaritas help anchor Marketplace. Or guests go for strikes, spares and sushi at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (West Side, home to House of Blues, Characters in Flight tethered balloon experience and the breathtaking performances of Cirque du Soleil).
  • Admission to Disney Springs is free. Disney Springs may be reached by car, bus, boat or via pedestrian bridge. Drivers can access either the Orange or Lime parking decks, steps from the action. Each is a “smart” garage: available parking spaces are designated by an overhead green light, eliminating the need for jockeying up and down rows of cars. Parking is free. Valet parking is available for a fee. Complimentary motorcoach service to Disney Springs is available to guests of Disney resort hotels and all four theme parks. Complimentary water taxis are available from several nearby Disney resort hotels; arrival docks are located at the Marketplace and The Landing neighborhoods.
  • Designated parking spaces for Guests with Disabilities are available in both the Orange and Lime garages. Wheelchair, ECV and stroller rentals are available in the nearby Sundries location at the Town Center bus loop.
  • Dining choices range from grab-and-go kiosks to food trucks to fast casual to table service to destination experiences. Disney Springs boasts five James Beard Award-winning chefs: Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Asia), Art Smith (Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Kitchen and Southern Shine), Rick Bayless (Frontera Cocina), Tony Mantuano (Portobello), Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck Café). More than 50 food and beverage locations are open now, with more to come.
  • More than 57,000 recycled bricks from nearby Rollins College were used in the hardscape of The Landing, one of the four Disney Springs neighborhoods.
  • Featuring beautiful Spanish Revival architecture, the Town Center neighborhood utilized 15 shades of white paint.
  • The springs coursing through Town Center contains 1.2 million gallons of water. The distance from one end to the other is the same as the walk down Main Street, U.S.A. to Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.
  • At the Marketplace, there are two “Hidden Mickeys” in the murals found inside World of Disney, the world’s largest Disney merchandise store.

ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX

A 230-acre complex designed to accommodate professional-caliber training and competition, festival and tournament events and vacation-fitness activities in more than 30 individual and team sports. The complex includes a 7,500-seat baseball stadium and 5,500-seat Hp Field House. Annual events include Atlanta Braves spring training. The first event was held on March 28, 1997.

THEMED RESORTS

36 resorts (including nine Disney Vacation Club properties) in a variety of price points featuring more than 30,000 hotel rooms; 3,293 DVC units; 799 campsites. 26 of the resort hotels are owned and operated by Walt Disney World Resort.

Camping 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (409 Wilderness Cabins/799 Campsites)

Disney’s Value Resorts

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (864 rooms /1,120 family suites), Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (1,704 rooms/215 family suites), Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney’s Pop Century Resort (2,880 rooms)

Disney’s Moderate Resorts

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside (2,048 rooms), Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter (1,008 rooms), Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (2,112 rooms), Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (1,917 rooms).

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (972 rooms), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (727 rooms), Disney’s Contemporary Resort (655 rooms), Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (484 rooms), Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (621 rooms), Disney’s Beach Club Resort (576 rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (867 rooms) and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (372 rooms).

Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts

Disney’s Old Key West Resort (558 units), Disney’s BoardWalk Villas (282 units), The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (114 units), Disney’s Beach Club Villas (177 units), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (924 units), The Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (449 units), The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (106 units), Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (295 units), Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (20 over-the-water bungalows and 360 deluxe studio villas).

Official Hotels of Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Swan (756 rooms), Walt Disney World Dolphin (1,509 rooms), Buena Vista Palace (1,013 rooms), Doubletree Guest Suites Resort (229 rooms), The Hilton (814 rooms), Holiday Inn (323 rooms), Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel (325 rooms), B Resort & Spa (394 rooms) and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista (626 rooms). Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort (586 rooms) is a U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center for vacationing servicemen and women from all branches of the armed forces.

CONVENTION FACILITIES

More than 600,000 square feet of modern meeting space located throughout the areas. Major function space is available at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, Buena Vista Palace, The Hilton, Hotel Royal Plaza and Regal Sun Resort.

RECREATION

Three 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole family-play walking course; Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water parks; Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland mini-golf courses; tennis courts; basketball courts; pools; lakes for swimming, boating, parasailing, water skiing and fishing; jogging paths; horseback riding; biking; Segway tours.

TRANSPORTATION

Monorail trains, ferryboats, launches or motor coach shuttle service between all areas.

Walt Disney World Resort is truly a one of a kind location with so much to do and see. There is something for every size family and every family budget. It will always be my favorite vacation spot!