As story goes, there was a freak snow storm in Central Florida and Florida’s first ski resort was born! As you can imagine the climate quickly returned to normal and the snow began to melt. As the resort operators were ready to give up and cut their losses they heard “YAHOOOOOO” come from the mountain and […]
Next up we take a look at the resort that defines what a Deluxe Resort at Disney World is, and that is the Grand Floridian. The Grand Floridian is one of the 3 Deluxe Resorts located on the Seven Seas Lagoon and on the Magic Kingdom Monorail line and is far and away the most lavish of all the Disney World hotels. The resort opened on July 1, 1988 as a themed Victorian seaside resort on the east coast of Florida during the turn of the 20th Century and boasts 867 rooms (DVC not included). The Grand Floridian is mostly influenced after 3 real places; Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and the Hotel de Coronado in Coronado, California are the main influences giving the resort its signature white wall/red room design, however it also draws some structural influence from the Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Belleair, Florida. Continue reading
Today we’re going to rank the Top 5 attractions at Disney where the experience changes at night (for the better!), so total indoor favorites like Rock N’ Roller Coaster or Toy Story Midway Mania don’t fit the bill for this list.
Honorable Mention: Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion just got nudged out of the Top 5 because most of your experience is completely indoors. However there is something about hearing the howling wolves at night and seeing the Mansion lit up in the distance that just adds to the experience. Continue reading
Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me is a Disney World staple, but would you believe me if I told you it was
originally meant to be left out of the parks in Orlando altogether? When Walt Disney World opened in 1971 the park was a huge success as people from all over the country flocked to Orlando, but one attraction from Disneyland was missing. Disney got complaint after complaint from guests, “where are the pirates”? Pirates of the Caribbean was featured all over television as the main attraction at Disneyland and when people arrived in Orlando not knowing it wasn’t there were not very happy to say the least. But Disney believed that Orlando was simply to close to the Caribbean to have a Pirates ride and had a planned boat ride called the Western River Expedition taking guests through the Wild West to face Mexican rebels, Cowboys, and Indians as well as much more. This ride was going to be a part of a much larger complex called Thunder Mesa. Continue reading
Don’t get me wrong the 4 Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks are absolutely incredible, but the Resort is more than just the parks, and this is why we come back time and time again. Have you ever taken a full day of your Disney trip and decided to explore some of what the Resort has to offer without even stepping foot in a park? We have begun to do this on a regular basis because even for people who have been to Disney hundreds of times haven’t done it all. I’m going to share with you all one of our recent days at Disney where we literally never stepped foot in a park. Continue reading