UA-36047796-1 What to Do at Disney: November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Find Nutritious Food at Disney

Look for a pair of mouse ears with a check mark inside of it to determine whether what you are about to order is healthy or junk. The Mickey Check has debuted at the Be Our Guest Restaurant and will make its way to Disney food products, recipes on http://www.family.com and http://www.disney.com as well as menus at Disney theme parks and resorts.

Criteria:

Kids meal must include three or more approved food groups and other meals must include two or more approved food groups.

First ingredient in sandwich bread must be whole grain.

Milk must be one percent or fat-free.

Juice must be 100% pure juice with added sugar only be allowed in cranberry juice (up to five grams per serving).

The above is just some of the criteria. For more information, visit http://cdn.media.thewaltdisneycompany.com/cdnmedia/photos/corporatecitizenship/programs/NGexternal10_2_12.pdf

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Disney Bringing Boy Meets World Back

Remember "Boy Meets World"? Out of the TGIF show lineup, my siblings and I always liked Boy Meets World the least, but over the years with people raving about reruns of it, I have definitely come to appreciate it more. Anyway, it's just exciting when one of the old 90s goodies is making its way back and it is...sorta.

Disney Channel is developing a "Girl Meets World" pilot. Cory and Topanga will have a 13-year-old daughter named Riley and yes, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be back as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence. I guess the only question now is: Is Mr. Feeny still alive? Visit Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage on Twitter to find out what they have to say.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Coming to Miami

Disney Wonder, operated by Disney Cruise Line, is coming to Miami! Guests can sail to the Bahamas and West Carribbean for the first time from South Florida on a Disney Cruise Line ship beginning December 23rd. In 2013, 3, 4, and 5-night cruises will be available. Visit http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ to search by date, destination, and departure port.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Perfect Sign for a Disney Picture

Ok, I know it's a very busy road, but has anyone been tempted to get their picture taken by this sign?


It's where you're driving right into the theme parks so I know you can't just stop you're car and hop out, but what a cool photo op!

Maybe if you're walking to Disney World up on the grass there, haha.

Surprised though that I have yet to see a car or two pulled over on the shoulder....

Monday, November 26, 2012

American Idol at Hollywood Studios

Sometimes it's nice to just sit and enjoy a show every now and then. Maybe American Idol on tv has gotten stale, but American Idol at Hollywood Studios hasn't.

American Idol at Hollywood Studios!
I went for one show, though I could have sat and watched more. There were three contestants; one was breathy, another was young but did a great a job, and the last contestant went all out with long notes and big gestures, but they all could definitely sing. Everyone in the audience voted with an electronic device at their seats and the audience seemed to respectfully take it seriously as the third contestant got her ticket to the front of the American Idol audition line. The host and judges did a great job; the background music made it seem like you were at the real deal, which we kind of were.

My only question is: I thought the age limit for Idol was 28, and two of the contestants definitely seemed older. Has it changed?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Restaurant in New Fantasyland

Like eating at Universal's Three Broomsticks is for Harry Potter fans, checking out Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant is a must-do for Beauty and the Beast fans. Yes, there is an enchanted rose! The restaurant is open in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom theme park.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Disney's Epcot theme park, will of course have holiday decorations and entertainment, but did you know it will also have a candlelight processional on select nights at the America Gardens Theatre? The event will have a celebrity narrator retelling the story of Christmas along with a choir and 50-piece orchestra. Celebrity narrators include Geena Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Garcia, Blair Underwood, James Denton, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Alfre Woodard, Trace Adkins, Gary Sinise, Amy Grant, Marlee Matlin, and Jack Jason.

Get more information on dates and dining packages at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/candlelight-processional/

Friday, November 23, 2012

Division I Men's Basketball at ESPN Complex Thanksgiving Weekend

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is hosting the seventh annual Old Spice Classic. For tickets, visit http://www.oldspiceclassic.com

The eight Division I men's basketball teams playing include Clemson, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Davidson, Marist, and UTEP. The games can also be viewed on tv's ESPN networks.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney

Vacationing at Disney World and looking for a restaurant that serves Thanksgiving dinner? Check out a list of restaurants at the theme parks and hotels with a holiday menu at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/holidays/#thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Downtown Disney's Festival of the Seasons

Downtown Disney is free walk around at. Yes, free. If that doesn't get you, from now until December 27th the area will be decorated for Christmas as part of Festival of the Seasons. There will be carolers, street performers, stilt walkers, a holiday dance party, and Santa Claus before Christmas / Santa Goofy after Christmas. Great touristy gifts in this area!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom

From now until the day after New Year's, Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade will be at Animal Kingdom. So be sure to give Mickey a wave if you see him rolling by. Or like when I was at Animal Kingdom just find yourself unable to go anywhere after the path is blocked for the parade. This parade will have festive holiday music and like the summer parade, stiltwalkers, safari vehicles, and animal puppets. Definitely something to take pictures of!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Disney Black Friday

They call it Magical Friday, but Disney's Black Friday begins online November 19th.  To get the deals, visit Disney Store's website at http://DisneyStore.com/magicalfridaydeals

Each day, new items will appear at Magical Friday prices. At midnight on Friday, Nov. 23rd, brick-and-mortar stores will offer even more deals to guests who visit in person.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Watch Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

It may not be the Osborne family you're thinking of, but at Hollywood Studios until January 6th lights will be dancing to holiday music every 10 minutes with Florida snow falling. The lights are named after the Osborne family in Arkansas, who started a display of millions lights on their property that were moved to Hollywood Studios for visitors to enjoy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Ramada Gateway Offering Cheap One Night Stay

Stay one night at the Ramada Gateway in Orlando for around $60, ($49 plus13% tax for a Sunday - Thursday night stay or $55 plus 13% tax for a Friday or Saturday night stay). This deal is available for up to four guests. Two breakfast buffets are included and check-out isn't until 2pm!

Free shuttle is available to the Disney theme parks, Factory Outlets, and Universal Studios. Visit http://www.eversave.com/travel/ramada-gateway-3 to check this deal out.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kid Friendly Math and Science Activities on the Phone

Does your kid love to grab your phone and play games? Download Mickey's Wildlife Count Along, where your child can help take pictures of wildlife and count animals. There's even practice with matching - animals need to go to their natural habitats.

There's lots of Disney apps out there like Letters With Pooh and Minnie Bow Maker App. Check them out at http://disneybookapps.com/

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Try Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista

I stayed at an Embassy Suites in California, and I remember it being very nice, one of my favorite hotels to stay in. A great brunch and really cool decor.

I have yet to stay at a Florida one, but the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is offering a discounted stay deal that includes up to four kids getting to stay free with a paying adult. The hotel includes a pool, free parking, WiFi, a sauna, a hot tub, restaurants onsite, and free breakfast (cooked-to-order!). Take a free shuttle to all the Disney theme parks. Also, movies are shown poolside four times a week!

Visit http://www.groupon.com and look under Getaways to grab this deal.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 Ready for some snow? If you're at the right place (Main Street) at the right time (Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), you just might see some.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party has begun! Enjoy festive decorations, fireworks, and Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring Santa! Receive access to various Magic Kingdom rides and other attractions. Meet Disney characters. There will even be free cookies and cocoa.

Tickets are between $60 and $75. The party takes places at Magic Kingdom from 7pm to 12am on select nights with the last day being Friday, December 21, 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Children's Miracle Network Classic Pro-Am

The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is a golf tournament happening this weekend. Spectator tickets are $20 for one day. Kids are admitted free with a paying adult.

The charity is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These hospitals serve children who need certain equipment and specialized care that only children's hospitals provide. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat 88% of children with cancer and 98% of kids requiring lung or heart transplants. For more information, visit http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r045/charity.html

Saturday, November 10, 2012

App for Wreck-It Ralph

Did you know there's an app for the Wreck-It Ralph movie? It seems like these days there's an app for just about anything. Build and race your own kart against others with the Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe App.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Under $100 a Night Orlando Condos

Stay at the Magical Memories Villas in Orlando, FL starting at just $89 per night. Condos include a full kitchen and a living room. Choose from 12 condo resorts, all within a close distance to the Disney parks. Must stay at least two nights. Maximum 6 people in a 2-bedroom condo or 8 in a 3-bedroom condo.

Must be at least 21 years old to check-in and a credit card is needed to check-in. Cleaning fee and 13% tax not included.

To get this deal, visit http://www.groupon.com and click Getaways.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Art Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

Michael's craft store is presenting Festival of the Masters Friday, Nov. 9th to Sunday, Nov. 11th. Admission and parking is free! Whether you're browsing or buying, this outdoor event is something to see. Disney collectibles as well as fine art available for purchase. Enjoy music and hands-on activities as well. Visit http://www.whattodoatdisney.com/p/november.html for more details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Still Time to Go to Food & Wine Festival at Epcot

No, you didn't miss it, but there's not much time left in 2012 to go to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. You have until November 12, 2012. An admission ticket to Epcot is required to attend the festival. Tapas are usually around $3 to $8 so not too expensive but not extremely cheap either so be sure to look at the 2012 Food & Wine Festival menu and get an idea of what you want before you go!

Most events like HGTV home entertaining, book signings, culinary demonstrations, taste seminars, and sampling at the Festival Center Wine Shop will be held in the Festival Center. In addition to food-related events, guests can enjoy the Eat to the Beat concert series each evening.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win a Disney Vacation from AOL

AOL is offering a chance to win a Disney vacation for four to California or Florida. Register at http://magicvacation.aol.com/ and play the memory matching game for a chance to win the trip and other daily prizes. Play once a day until November 17, 2012 for a chance to win.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Discounted Stay at Hotel Connected to Florida Mall

What if you could stay at a hotel that is close to the airport, the theme parks, and the mall? Way under $200 a night? Perfect, right?

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is connected to The Florida Mall by a hallway in the hotel. The hotel features a Starbucks, fitness center, spa, heated pool, and flat-screen tvs in the rooms.

To get this deal, visit http://www.groupon.com and click on the Getaways tab. $15 per day service fee and 12.5% tax not included. Guests must be at least 18 years old to check-in. Pets allowed for an additional fee.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique Free App

Visit iTunes for the free Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique app. Have fun making a boutique. Compare with friends. Tinker Belle leads the way! If you like pixie dust, glitter, and fashion, you might just love this game.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

International Palms Resort Near Wet 'n' Wild Offering Discount

Stay at the International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando at a discounted rate. The resort is located within walking distance of Wet 'n' Wild on International Drive. Resort includes pool with waterfalls, two restaurants, and free WiFi. Guests can ride the I-Ride Trolley over to the theme parks.

Must book room by December 21, 2012 to use deal and stay by February 12, 2013. Not valid certain weeks, call for reservation. Must be at least 21 years old to check-in.

Stay one-night for under $100, two-nights for under $200, three-nights for under $300.

To get this deal visit http://www.groupon.com and click on the Getaways tab.