Friday, October 25, 2013

Calling all Microbrew lovers to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

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Calling all Microbrew lovers to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is going on now at the Walt Disney World Resort. This event gives guests the amazing opportunity to try some of the most delicious cuisines and fine wines(and sometimes beer) from around the world, but did you know that Walt Disney World actually has a working brew pub on property where you can get a variety of award winning ales & lagers all the time. Big River Grille & Brewing Works is a microbrewery and restaurant located on the picturesque boardwalk of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, and is the only working brew pub on property. If you are traveling with someone who is a home brewer or someone who just loves a great microbrew Big River promises a great experience! 

In a recent trip my husband and I visited Big River for lunch. Leo, a home brewer of about 4 years, was able to talk to the brew master. He offered tips and suggestions to Leo for making the perfect home brew, and yes, those tips and suggestions DID work. So, go ahead and strike up a conversation with a Cast Member you just may learn something new. They loved hearing about my husbands brewing experience so let them know about yours. Leo was also given the first pour from a newly tapped beer that was made on premise. It does not get any fresher then that folks! If you are passionate about brewing I suggest making some time for this gem on your Walt Disney World vacation.

Leo enjoying the first pour from a newly tapped microbrew at Big River Grille & Brew Works at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. March, 2013

There are multiple specialty ales that are brewed on premise so you can be sure you will find one you love. Rocket Red Ale is a favorite among guests. You can also indulge in American pub favorites like burgers and ribs. There also is a children’s menu, yes, Big River is family friendly! Priority seating is available and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at (407) 560-0253 or let your Travel Time agent take care of it for you. It is important to know that you cannot make reservations through Disney for this restaurant. Dining plans that include this location are listed below.

Dining Plan

Deluxe Dining Plan

Premium Dining Plan

Platinum Dining Plan

Please be aware that the Quick-Service Dining plan is NOT accepted at this location.

Choose to dine outside with beautiful waterfront views, or you can also choose to dine inside. Inside you’ll get an up close look at the brewing process through ceiling to floor glass windows.

Disney’s Boardwalk is within walking distance from the International Gateway entrance/exit of Epcot. The International Gateway can be found between the United Kingdom Pavilion and the France Pavilion for those wanting to exit the park and take the walk to the resort. You can also take a boat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney’s Boardwalk.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where to meet Santa in Walt Disney World Resorts~ By Travel Time with Mickey

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Where to meet Santa in Walt Disney World Resorts!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Our Santa part of the meet and greets at the Main Street flag pole and he appears in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the American Adventure pavilion during Holidays Around the World between Nov. 23-Dec. 30.   Santa’s from around the world will be in their respective countries telling stories of Christmas, including Father Christmas in the United Kingdom and Père Noël in France.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Our Santa Goofy greets guests daily in Goofy’s Winter Wonderland on the Streets of America during theOsborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights now through Jan. 6.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Our Santa Goofy is also meeting daily at Goofy’s Wild Wonderland in Camp Minnie-Mickey with his pals Mickey and Minnie (dressed in their holiday attire).

Downtown Disney

At the Marketplace, you'll find Santa Claus waiting to greet you at his chalet in front of the World of Disney store. You can take your own pictures or use PhotoPass:

November 16, 2012 - December 24, 2012 (Santa Claus)

December 25, 2012 - December 27, 2012 (Santa Goofy)

If you have a little one that is afraid of our Dear Santa, by all means, grab the second best! Mickey Santa Rice Crispy Head.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Flying with children under the age of 2 years old by Travel Time Agent Heather

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 By Travel Time Agent Heather 
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Most people that want to travel to a Disney theme park have to take a plane to reach sunny Florida, and a big thing that can make you hesitate is the thought of being stuck on plane with a crying, wiggling child…here are some hints to help make that trip a little smoother;
I just recently completed a trip between New York and Florida with my 22 month old child, in my lap, via plane. And I can tell you before the trip I was in panic mode! I don't normally like to fly myself, but now I was going to have to try and keep a normally active toddler seated and entertained for more than 2 1/2 hours! (and with a layover), and my son ended up having a double ear infection! Well I did survive and he was surprisingly well behaved (most times) I'll share some of my tips that i used to keep my sanity and the other passengers’ sanity as well, lol.
Here they are in no particular order:
·     Take your children to the doctors before the flight to check for ear infections! My son was prone to ear infections and he hadn't really been pulling at his ears or anything, I just wanted to be safe, well turns out he had a double ear infection. I took him a day and a half before the flight and the doc told me his ear infection would not be cleared up by the time we had to fly out, so give a good 3-4 days cushion to help the ear infection clear up with antibiotics. (we flew anyway with some advice from the doctor, and medication, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!)
·     PACK SNACKS ~ My son is happy if he's eating, and don't worry about stuffing your child, or giving them too much junk food....after all how many times do you really fly, make it a treat for them!
·     Bring a drink for your toddler to suck on for takeoff and landing. I had contacted TSA before I flew and found out that if you are flying with a child, that they are not subject to the 3oz liquid rule, I brought 3 Capri Sun juice packets for my little man to drink, I just had to declare them to the TSA security officer before my bags were scanned.
·     Bring a change of clothes for your toddler, turbulence is common and so are spills and leaky diapers. We experienced the later and my Little Man ended up walking around the next airport with only a diaper on and no shorts because I forgot to pack an extra pair...learn from my mistake.

·     Bring a portable DVD player, or do what I do, always fly JetBlue (I love that every seat has its own personal t.v. in the headrest)
·     First Class or Not First Class, that is the question...well for me the extra money for the "extra room" seat was WELL worth it, in a normal seat I literally couldn't move with my toddler in my lap, and I couldn't reach the baby bag at my feet
If you have a layover and know what airport you're flying to, get on the internet or call the airport and find out if they have play areas for kids, its a great way in between flights to burn off some of that energy from sitting still so long, you'd be surprised a lot of airports have these now...mine did...THANK GOODNESS!

Contact Heather:
1-855-468-8896 ext 122