Thursday, August 14, 2014

For Immediate Media Release: Grandparent Discounts at WDW Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Grandparents Day is 9/7! Families can celebrate all September with a Swan and Dolphin Hotel connecting room deal!!

In recognition of Grandparents Day, September 7, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is making it easier for the whole family to connect and spend quality time together with an offer ideal for a multigenerational vacation. 

Grandparents and their families vacationing at the Epcot Resort Area hotel can receive a connecting guest room for just $109 per night - up to a 50-percent savings off standard rates - when booking one room at the standard price for stays in September.  Connecting guest rooms provide the space, privacy and access ideal for multigenerational families as well as for grandparents traveling alone with grandkids. They’re the perfect space for making priceless memories like sharing a bedtime story with grandma or sneaking a midnight snack with grandpa.

Whether grandparents want to enjoy nearby theme parks with their grandchildren or escape for a couples massage, the hotel offers a variety of amenities for each generation and activity level, including: 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, a Balinese-inspired spa and complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

For additional information, or to make reservations, Katherine at 585-967-5015 or visit her website at for a free quote.  Let her know the Princess sent you!!!

Taxes, resort services fee and gratuities not included. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, or for existing reservations or groups; offer is based on rate schedule availability.

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 is the gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. 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 Extra Magic 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 the new FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Davy Crockett and Purple Cowboy Wines!


In recent years, I’ve noticed that most Walt Disney World Resort gift shops have similar merchandise. Resort specific or themed items are rare. However, the gift shop at the Wilderness Lodge Resort often has some unique items.  Hidden amongst the bottles of Once Upon a Vine wines, I came across two unique bottles of what I would call “Wilderness Wines.”

First up is…
Frontier Red “The Great American Value” ($13.95).
It is a California red wine bottled by Fess Parker Winery. Yes, that’s right, Fess Parker from the Walt Disney series Davy Crockett, and Daniel Boone fame. Fess Parker established his namesake winery along the famous Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. What better souvenir from a stay at the Wilderness Lodge Resort than Davy Crockett wine??

“Frontier Red is a down-to-earth wine that celebrates the simple gifts in life like spending time with friends and family while sharing your favorite meal. You don’t have to over-think this wine; simply enjoy this tasty blend with everyday cuisine, backyard cookouts, and BBQs.  A complex blend that is sure to please. Frontier Red serves up loads of lush red & black fruit flavors complemented by enticing spice, vanilla and oak notes. We hope you enjoy this great American value!”

Another fun wine found at the Wilderness Lodge Resort gift shop is…

Purple Cowboy, Paso Robles, Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon ($16.95).
The story on the bottle is what makes this wine worth checking out. Plus, the Purple Cowboy supports Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the fight against breast cancer.
“Once upon a time in wine country there was a group of young winemakers. They worked hard all week and tasted so much wine that their teeth turned purple. On weekends, these same men loved to rodeo. They became known as the Band of the Purple Cowboys”. So the legend goes.”

Lack of toothbrushes aside, this looks like a fun wine to enjoy on a your next stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or as a souvenir for your favorite cowboy.

You can find Jeanie on Twitter @JeanieBlue114

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tiara Winner Announced!!!!!!

Thank you for all of the readers who participated in The Princess Paper's July tiara giveaway!!!  There are so many princesses out there and you all deserve a tiara!  Our July winner is.....

Michelle Morris whose entry read:
"My mom is a princess. She has been confined tonhome and dr office trips, first helping take care of my grandfather until he passed. Now she takes care of my dad...she survives being stuck at home by reliving memories of our last family trip to WOW [WDW] in 2012" 

Congrats to Michelle and her Mom, our latest official The Princess Papers Princesses!

Our next tiara giveaway will be in December.  If you would like to purchase a tiara like the one in this month's giveaway or chose a different design for yourself or another special princess in your life, please see our Tiara Sponsor, because "all you need is love and a tiara!"  

Please visit their store for bridal quality tiaras at great prices along with shoes, purses, clothing, and other accessories. 

Thank you again to all of our contest entrants!
May your tiara always sparkle!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

MENU for NEW Raglan Road Signature Dinner, Book NOW!

Starting today, guest may call Disney directly (407-WDW-DINE) to book the upcoming Raglan Road Signature Dinner.  The event will be held the evening of Thursday, Oct 2. 
Wine pairings will be included with each course.  Chef Kevin Dundon, Celebrity Chef and owner of Raglan Road Irish Pub, will be on-hand to present each course.

 This year's theme is "A Celtic Food Journey."

Lightly spiced duck breast, duck leg confit & duck heart with a chili & mango salsa
Sherried onion soup with roasted onion & almonds with a garlic migas
Hot smoked salmon on beetroot & celeriac salad with a caraway dressing
Roasted smoked sausage served on pickled cabbage with roast garlic mash & a Polish mustard sauce
A study of Veal
Cotoletta alla milinease, potato wrapped kidney, stuffed marrow bone with marrow custard foam
Grappa panna cotta with macerated blackberries and a pink peppercorn tuille

For a review of a previous Raglan Road Signature Dinner, click here.
To read my interview with Chef Kevin, please click here.

*Thank you to Loraine of Raglan Road for providing the menu.
*An additional Tables in Wonderland discount does apply to the cost of the dinner.  You must show your TIW card and discount is applied at the end of the event.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Disney Parks Podcast with Krista and Tony!

Thank you to The Disney Parks Podcast for inviting me on as a guest on their latest show Episode #141.  I learned a lot about the latest Disney happenings and enjoyed the laughs while we talked about our favorite sweet snack treats around Walt Disney World. 
Find this super fun episode on YouTube Here or go to the Disney Parks Podcast website to listen Here.  You can also find the show on itunes as well as Stitcher radio.
The Disney Parks Podcast is a great show to keep you informed of the latest Disney news!  You'll also find fantastic celebrity guest interviews, giveaway contests, and information on meet-ups to meet some great new Disney friends!

Krista brings you the Disney news in her bright and energetic way.  You can actually hear her smiling when you listen to the show.  It's easy to tell that she loves what she does!  Krista also writes for the blog to bring you even more Disney news and fun info.  You can find out more about Krista on her Disney Parks Podcast profile here.
To Follow Krista
Twitter @Disneyways

Tony is one of those lifelong Disney super-fans.  If you want to know behind the scenes details, he is your man.  He even has a great website called  Want to know how many miles of wiring are in the Electrical Light Parade, how many parking spaces are at the Magic Kingdom, or virtually any other statistic?  Just pop over to his site and you'll find it!  To learn more about Tony, read his bio from the Disney Parks Podcast here.
To Follow Tony
Twitter @DBTN

Thanks again to Krista and Tony for having me on the show.  Please go listen to the Disney Parks Podcast and subscribe on itunes!

NEW!! Olaf "Frozen" Artwork at The Art of Disney!!

Art of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace
1-9 pm (generally)
July 24th-27th
August 14-17th

Artist, David E. Doss, continues in his style of casual beach-themed artwork with his latest creation featuring Olaf, the loveable snowman from the billion-dollar blockbuster movie "Frozen."

Find Olaf relaxing on the beach in the sun living his dream at The Art of Disney store at Downtown Disney in the Marketplace of Walt Disney World starting TODAY!

The new piece titled "In Summer," is available in matted 16x20's, 11x14's, and 8x10's. 

During his appearance at The Art of Disney, David will be happy to personalize this or any artwork that you purchase.

To learn more about David, CLICK HERE for my interview with him about how he became an artist with Disney and what inspires him.

If you stop in to see him, let him know the Princess sent you!!!

*The Art of Disney and artist meet n' greet area is handicap accessible.
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Truck Visits EPCOT!!

The Epcot World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck from Downtown Disney will visit Epcot July 4, 5, and 6.

The Food Truck will be in the Promenade area between Future World and World Showcase (near the Duffy Meet n' Greet area).


Grass Fed Beef Sliders 9.50

Kielbasa and Pierogies with Carmelized Onions and Sour Cream 8.50

*NEW Chicken Gyro- Seasoned Chicken Breast on Gyro Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce and Chips 9.50

The Pierogies are DELICIOUS!  All of the dishes that I've tried from the Food Trucks over the past few months have been fresh, hot, and very tasty.  I'm really looking forward to trying the new Chicken Gyro soon.

The Food Trucks accept the Disney Dining Plan Quick-Service Credits.

Check back soon for full Disney Food Truck Menu Updates and Info on the New Food Truck Park Coming To Downtown Disney SOON!

*Thank you to the Disney Food Truck Chefs for providing the updated information and select photos.

*The Food Trucks are accessible but the service windows are high.  If you need assistance, cast members are happy to assist.

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