Top Cocktails around the World

• Lava Flow is a tourist favorite. It is a combination of Pina Colada and daiquiri. These can be found at almost every pool bar at a resort.

Lava flow2

• Craft beers at the Grand Floridian pool are some of them most extensive I have seen in the area. Below is the entire beer menu at Beaches Pool Bar and Grill.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9
New Belgium Fat Tire
Blue Moon
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Budweiser
Cigar City Jai Alai
Cigar City Maduro Brown
Coors Light
Corona Extra
Corona Light
Heineken
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Yeungling
O’Doul’s
Red Stripe
Stella Artois
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Shift
Newcastle Brown Ale
Bluepoint White IPA
Samuel Adams Seasonal
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Left Hand Milk Stout

• The Pineapple drink at Ohana called Lapu Lapu is a tropical rum drink served in a hallowed out pineapple. Here is the recipe in case you feel like adding this to the next cookout.

Lapulapu

Lapu Recipe:
Ingredients
1. One part Bacardi 151 or plain light rum
2. One part Myers dark rum
3. Two parts orange juice
4. Two parts sweet-n-sour mix
5. Pineapple (optional)
Directions
1. Combine the first four ingredients, and shake over ice
2. Serve in hollowed out pineapples (or a glass with a colorful umbrella, if no pineapple is easily accessible

• Cava de Tequila. This is tucked in the temple of Mexico at Epcot’s World showcase. There are so many varieties of drinks here. I have tried many and quite a few are sweet so if you like that, go for it as they are fresh and tasty. I like the skinny margarita. The staff is super nice and you can grab some chips and guacamole which you are at it. Don’t be fooled by the Margarite Stand in front of the temple, this is not the same.

• Grand Marnier Orange Slush in France in the Showcase. This is found at a wine kiosk by the lake. I like the other option, the Grey Goose Lemon Citron slush. You can do it as 8 oz. or 12oz (their supersize version with an extra shot).

A little tip, it is an eight minute walk from the margarita stand to the Grand Marnier and Lemon Citron kiosk.

drinks in france

• Testarossa – Red Head Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier and Crandberry Juice, muddled with Strawberries and Fresh Basil Leaves topped with Ground Pepper.. My all-time favorite Disney Drink! This is actually at Swan on Crescent Lake. It is in the bar at the entrance of the restaurant Il Milano.

strawberry testarossa

• Pineapple float with rum!!!! Found in Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. You can order it with dark rum or coconut rum. So refreshing on a hot day!

• Best places for beer at Epcot are the UK in the Showcase at Rose and Crown Pub and Germany.

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candlelight processional

2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages have opened up.

Participating restaurants for this year are:

Biergarten Restaurant
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Garden Grill
La Hacienda de San Angel
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Teppan Edo
Tokyo Dining
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. It also takes two dining credits on the dining plan. You can make reservations online or at 407-939-3463. If you are a client of Ears of Experience, we will make them for you if you have booked a package with us or are a Concierge Client.

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 15 to Dec 17 2014: Sharon Stone
Dec 18 to Dec 20 2014: Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23 2014: Marlee Matlin
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: Steven Curtis Chapman

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doleI wish I could take credit for this but thanks to disneychef.com, we have a new project for the week, trying this out!

For this version, she suggests using her handy, dandy Yonanas machine (which I have). For those who don’t have one, no fear… A good blender can do roughly the same thing with maybe a slightly less creamy texture. That said, I really encourage checking out a Yonanas machine though, especially if you’re into clean or healthy eating and struggle with giving up sweet treats. I’ve put everything from bananas to smoothie mixes through to make really great, healthy dessert options, and there are so many great recipes out there…

The only thing she sometimes switches up when making these is the whipped topping. The real deal Dole Whips are vegan friendly with no dairy, so I suppose the most authentic way to serve this is without the whipped topping. However, if you like a really creamy texture, she says to add the whipped topping. It’s all personal taste. But if you’re a purist, skip the whipped topping. The consistency is light, though admittedly not as light as the in-park soft serve.

Now, on with the recipe. Seriously, it’s insanely easy. She did warn everybody. It’s easy. Embarrassingly easy. Don’t make me write how to make this a Dole Whip Float… Just put pineapple juice in a glass and scoop some of this on top. Easy. Super, duper easy.
Dole Whip
Inspired by the Dole Whips served at Aloha Isle and Captain Cook’s at The Polynesian Village Resort

1 16-ounce bag of Dole frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup whipped topping (optional)
Water (if using a blender)
Remove pineapple chunks from freezer. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Using a Yonanas machine, feed the pineapple chunks into the chute. Using the
plunger, push through the feeder into a bowl. Disassemble unit and scrape out remaining whipped pineapple.
If desired, mix in whipped topping until thoroughly blended. Serve immediately.
If using a blender, add pineapple into the blender and blend on puree, adding water slowly in a thin stream while the blender is running as needed, to achieve desired consistency.

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Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion[/caption]Be Our Guest Opening at teh New Fantasyland Expansion

Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion Be Our Guest Restaurant: Counter Service. The BEST counter service venue in Magic Kingdom, quite possibly in all the “World.”

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

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Why do I want to visit in 2012?  The new things of course.  The Fantasyland Expansion has lots of new things coming.  ToonTown is gone, but out with the old and in with the new! 

Some of the things opening in February of 2012:

Storybook Circus will have double the Dumbo fun!  There will not be just one flying Dumbo ride, but two!  Do you remember the Goofy Barnstormer roller coaster?  Well, it’s back and it’s called the Great Goofini. A great roller coaster for small kids and it stars Goofy.

Then in the late fall of 2012 there is even more fun coming to Disney.  There will be a new castle for the Beast.  Inside will be the “Be Our Guest” dining room.  Belle will have a village and will be telling stories again.  I hope Ariel’s new ride will be ready in 2012 too.  Last time I was in Walt Disney World®, I could see the stone walls being built where the ride will be. I’m so exited the new things are coming! There is a lot of cool stuff I can’t wait for. I hope you’re as excited as I am about these new attractions. So don’t wait!!! Call and book your trip today with the www.themouseexperts.com.

There is more coming in 2013 but I can’t wait that long to visit when all these exciting new things will be opening!

 Written by Kid Blogger Lydia Schulz

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Disney has just released new Military Discounts for both rooms and tickets. Once again, this is a great opportunity for those of us with a military member in our family to take advantage of this deal and head to Disney. I price these trips day in and day out and I pride myself on giving people the options that will provide them the best possible value. This, of course, is different for each family. A question we get a lot from our clients is “Isn’t it less expensive to stay at the military resort, Shades of Green?” There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, and because we look at each family individually, we often find a different answer based on their individual needs.

 The Walt Disney World Military resort discount

 Offer Details*
•Deluxe and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts – 40% resort discount
•Moderate Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins – 35% resort discount
•Value Resorts – 30% resort discount
Disney’s Fort Wilderness campsites excluded

Eligible Military Branches
•Active Duty and Retired with ID

•Army   •Air Force   •Navy   •Marines   •Coast Guard   •National Guard

*Blackout dates of 11/24-11/26/10, 12/26-12/31/10, 4/17/10-4/20/11 apply. All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.

A valid Active Duty / Spouse US Military ID will be required at resort check-in to receive the discount.

The Quick Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan, or Disney Deluxe Dining Plan can also be added to make this a complete package.

 •The great thing about this offer is it can be combined with the dining plan. (This cannot be done if you are staying at Shades of Green.) We have a breakdown of savings for the dining plan below. Bottom line: the dining plan is not a necessity, but if you will be eating on property, it is a great option.

•Another perk with the military discount is transportation is complimentary to and from the airport. This is not the case with Shades of Green. If you are staying there, add another cost (typically $120) for transportation. If you are driving in, Shades also charges for parking, whereas Disney does not.

 Don’t get me wrong, Shades of Green can be a great option and I have stayed there several times. But when Disney is offering a 40% discount on a Deluxe and 35% on a moderate, this is the time to take advantage of these prices. Stay at Shades of Green when discounts like this are not available. *There is one exception to this. If you are an annual pass holder, there are higher discounts than the military rate during some seasons of the year. For example, some deluxe properties are offering discounts of 45% vs. 40%. This is a numbers game where someone who knows Disney inside and out needs to run the numbers to make sure you are looking at all your options accurately. In some cases, the difference may mean a savings of $100’s of dollars.

The Walt Disney World Military Ticket discount

(Disney offers a regular military discount 365 days a year; however, this special discount (‘Salute’ to military members) is even better!)*

 Offer Details*

Disney World

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $138 each

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Parks Fun and More Option for $138 each, AND

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More Options for $165 each

From October 25, 2010 through Sept. 28, 2011 active and retired U.S. military personnel (including National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase.

 
 
 

Disney Land in Anaheim California

Offer Dates – 3 October 2010 – 1 October 2011

Resort Discounts – 40% off Deluxe Resorts, 35% off Moderates and Fort Wilderness Cabins, and 30% off Value Resorts

With room Blackout dates of 24-26 November and 26-31 December 2010, as well as 17-30 April 2011

 

*Call us for offer details or visit our website at http://www.themouseexperts.com/ 

This new discount is a great deal if you are staying for four days, or even up to five days. For five days, you can use the four day hopper and add a one day base ticket to make the total $223 per adult and $214 per child. However, for longer stays, the regular military discounted ticket is a better deal. A ‘Salute’ ticket at $138 plus a two day base ticket would be $306 total, whereas a six day hopper ticket with the regular military discount is only $291. (A child’s would be $289 vs. $267).

So with anything above five days in tickets, you are better off buying the regular military discounted hopper tickets. And if you buy base tickets instead of hoppers, you will save even more! You can still take advantage of the military discounted rooms plus dining. Confused yet? We help all our clients who book their rooms and dining packages figure out the best tickets to purchase.

Dining Plan

Here is an example of three days on the dining plan and what you would pay out of pocket versus what you would save.

The examples below demonstrate the potential savings for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children ages 9 and under on the standard plan, but it will give you a general idea. Please note that Disney’s restaurant pricing can change at any time and gratuities are not included in the dining plan.


Day 1 

   Breakfast – Crystal Palace

  Uses 1 Table service credit per person

  Adult #1 – Buffet 18.99

  Adult #2 – Buffet 18.99

  Child #1 – Child’s Buffet 10.99

  Child #2 - Child’s Buffet 10.99

  Meal Total with tax: $63.86

 

  Snack – Aloha Isle

  Uses 1 Snack credit per person

  Adult #1 – Pineapple Float (3.99)

  Child #1 – Pineapple Float (3.99)

 

  Snack – Ice Cream Cart

  Adult #2 – Mickey Bar (2.75)

  Child #2 – Mickey Bar (2.75)

  Snack Total with tax: $14.36

 

  Dinner – Sunshine Seasons

  Uses 1 Counter Service credit per person

  Adult #1 – Seared Tuna on Mixed Greens (9.29) Choc. Mousse Cake (3.99) iced tea (1.99)

  Adult #2 – Turkey and Monterey on focaccia (8.59) Key Lime Pie ($3.79) drink (2.19)

  Child #1 – Kid’s Sweet and Sour Chicken meal (6.49)

  Child #2 – Kid’s Make your own mini sub meal (6.49)

  Meal Total with tax: $45.60

 

  Day 1 Totals

  Total meal cost if paid out of pocket: $123.82

  Total paid if using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

  Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $21.86

 

Day 2 

  Breakfast – Contempo Café

  Uses 1 Snack credit per person

  Adult Guest #1- Chocolate croissant (2.79)

  Adult Guest #2- Muffin (2.59)

  Child Guest #3- Bagel w/ cream cheese (2.29)

  Child Guest #4- Chocolate Croissant (2.79)

  Meal Total with tax: $11.14

 

  Lunch – ABC Commissary

  Uses 1 Quick Service credit per person

  Adult Guest #1- Asian salad (6.69) Strawberry Parfait dessert (3.59) drink (2.19)

  Adult Guest #2- Chicken Bleu (8.89) Choc mousse (3.59) iced tea (1.89)

  Child Guest #3- Kid’s Ham and Cheese wrap meal (4.99)

  Child Guest #4- Kid’s Chicken nugget meal (4.99)

  Meal Total with tax: $39.21

 

  Dinner – Boma

  Uses 1 Table Service credit per person

  Adult #1 –Adult Buffet (28.99)

  Adult #2 –Adult Buffet (28.99)

  Child #1-Child’s Buffet (13.99)

  Child #2 –Child’s Buffet (13.99)

  Meal Total with tax: $91.55

 

  Day 2 Totals

  Total meals cost if paid out of pocket: $141.90

  Total paid for using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

  Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $39.94

 

 Day 3

 Breakfast – in room or quick bite at the resort or Theme Park paid for out of pocket

 Lunch – Flametree Barbecue

Adult #1 – Pork Sandwich (8.49) Key Lime Pie (3.59) Iced Tea (1.89)

Adult #2 – Smoke half chicken (9.49) Key Lime Pie (3.59) Coke(2.19)

Child #1 – Hot dog meal (4.99)

Child #2 – Baked chicken drumstick meal (4.99)

Meal Total with tax: $41.77

 

Snack

Adult#1 – Choc milkshake (3.99)

Child #1 – Choc milkshake (3.99)

Adult #2 – Yogurt parfait (3.79)

Child #2 – 2 breadsticks with marinara (2.39)

Snack Total with tax: 14.16

 

Dinner – Teppan Edo

Adult #1 – Filet mignon (29.95) chocolate ginger cake (5.50)

Adult #2 – Steak and Shrimp (29.95) chocolate cake (5.50)

Child #1 – Kids Chicken meal (12) soft serve ice cream (4.50)

Child#2 – Kids Shrimp meal (12.50) soft serve ice cream (4.50)

Meals Total with tax: $111.19

 

Day 3 Totals

Total meals cost if paid out of pocket: $167.12

Total paid for using Disney’s Dining Plan: $101.96

Total saved by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $65.16

For three days, the overall savings if using the dining plan would be $126.28

If you did none of the desserts in the meals, you would still save $82.09

 

As you can see, there is a benefit to using the Disney Dining Plan; however, since every family is different, let us help you decide if it is best for your family. Call us and let us wade through all of the details and find the best option for rooms and park tickets your family.

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 Theme Park Ticket Discounts – Up to six three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $99.00. 

I thought I would start something different today. I’m going to post some Disney ride quizes to see just how much you know about Disney World. Some of the questions will be easy, but others will be challenging. Since some of the answers would be nearly impossible unless you had just gone on the rides, they will be multiple choice so you can guess on the ones you’re not sure about. If you’ve been to the parks recently, you should find this a little easier. However, if you’re stumped, you can probably find most of the answers with a Google search.

The first quiz will be on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort. I will add the answers at a later time. Good Luck!

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland, Walt Disney World

1. What classic doll is sitting in the corner as you fly through Wendy’s bedroom?   

     a. Holly Hobby     b. Raggedy Andy     c. Strawberry Shortcake

2. What name is over the door on the doghouse?

     a. Fido     b. Lucy     c. Nana

3. As you fly over London, what time is displayed on Big Ben?

     a. 9:06     b. Noon     c. 3:33

4. Which one of these items are the mermaids NOT holding?

     a. Angel Harp     b. Shell Horn     c. Clam Shell     d. Starfish

5. How many Lost Boys are sitting around the fire?

     a. Four     b. Five     c. Six

6. How many times does Captain Hook appear during the ride?

     a. Three     b. Five     c. Seven

7. Where does the final battle take place between Peter Pan and Capt Hook?

     a.  In Peter’s hideout     b. In London     c. On a ship

8. What do you sit in during the ride?

     a. A trolley car     b. A ship     c. The Lost Boys’ Express

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