Saturday, January 16, 2010

One of the Hidden Gems at Epcot: Club Cool

By  Matt Correia

There are many hidden gems in all the Walt Disney World theme parks: places you never noticed before, or always thought “I’ll do that next time”. Unfortunately, these little details and hidden coves can sometimes be of great value.
Take Epcot’s Club Cool, for instance. People have spent the whole day at Epcot – it’s in the middle of the afternoon, everyone is sweating and just dying for some shade. Yet in all of their misery, they seem to always pass up Club Cool. Why? They don’t know what it is, and don’t care to take the time to find out.
Little do they know, inside this building are fountains and fountains of all different carbonated beverages from around the world – just waiting for them – for free, and with unlimited refills. And being in the sun all day, it’s wonderful.
Disney was so smart in the placement of this. It’s in the biggest “intersection” of the whole park for all to enjoy – right at the crossroads of a way into and out of World Showcase, and also Future World.
So next time you visit Epcot, be sure to walk towards that big fountain (can’t miss it) and check out Club Cool. Get some refreshments, relax, cool off, get hydrated – then go back out for your next Disney adventure. What are some of the hidden gems you’ve found? Share with me!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

4 Parks, 4 Days for a $99 Deal at Walt Disney World (Florida Residents)

  If you're a Florida Resident to get into Walt Disney World it will only cost you $99 for a 4 parks and 4 day pass. Even if you are not a Florida resident you should check out this cool commercial.

As it Once Was: A look into WDW’s past Project X

By  Tyler Enboden

     If you look back into past of the Disney Company you can often find the most interesting stories of what once was, compared to what it is now. The biggest of these changes is 27,000 acres of farm and swap land that in the late 60’s became property of the Disney Company. This area today is now a thriving world with 4 themed lands, 2 water parks, 32 resorts, and plenty of land to expand on. The most interesting story to tell about Disney world is how all this land was acquired without anyone knowing.

    In 1955 Disneyland opened its doors and started a successful legacy of Disney theme parks. All together Disneyland was only on 300 acres of land, with little to no room to expand. When Disney first purchased the land in Anaheim, it was nothing more than various orange groves and Lemon trees (which I might add explains why in the fall and early winter you see lemons growing in the park). By the time Disneyland was complete all the surrounding land was bought up by various companies to place hotel, restaurants, and souvenir shops in. While Disney’s original idea for a park was complete he was upset that he would not have the ability to control the surrounding area.
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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins earlier than ever this year on March 3, 2010

By Heather Leigh Carroll-Landon

It is hard to believe it is almost that time again. Time for the 17th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It seems like only yesterday when the park was filled with the smell of roses and fluttering butterflies. Maybe it only feels that way because this year Walt Disney World has moved the date of the festival up.

The festival this year will begin on March 3, 2010, the earliest date ever, and will continue for 75 days through May 16, 2010. (Last year's event started on March 18.) The earlier start of the festival will hopefully help garden fanatics get a jump-start on the gardening season.

Guests of the festival will be able to stroll through luscious gardens, explore vendor exhibits and enjoy many activities surrounding one theme - gardening. The best thing about last year's event was the array of topiaries featuring the many Disney animated characters.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mark those calendars for upcoming Walt Disney World events

By Heather Leigh Carroll-Landon

Walt Disney World is home to many activities throughout the year. Everything from endurance sports to eating around the world. Guests can experience whatever their vacation hearts desire. Check out some of the upcoming events planned at Disney World throughout 2010.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Scheduled this upcoming weekend is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Runners of all endurance levels participate in one of the largest marathon events in the area Jan. 7-10.

For detailed information visit Disney World Sports, which includes all other sporting events at Disney World.

ESPN The Weekend

Sports lovers do not miss this weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Guests will have a chance to interact with some of their favorite sports figures, including questions and answer sessions, autograph opportunity and a trivia filled race.

ESPN The Weekend will run fro Feb. 26-28, 2010 with the 5K race running the morning of Feb. 27, 2010.                                                                                                                (Click read more below)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Indoor attractions offer a warm welcome for Walt Disney World visitors braving the cold temperatures

By Heather Leigh Carroll-Landon

There are many indoor activities to enjoy at Walt Disney World that will help keep guests warm as they suffer through the chilling temperature Central Florida is currently experiencing. Temperatures are dipping into the low 40s and even lower in some areas. Keeping warm sometimes becomes a mission while trying to enjoy the shorter lines and minimal crowds at the theme parks this time of year.

What are some of the best indoor attractions at Walt Disney World that will have the heat on for guests? Check some of them out below.

Magic Kingdom

There are many indoor shows to help warm up the blood while wandering through the Magic Kingdom Park. Warm shows include The Enchanted Tiki Room, The Hall of Presidents and Mickey's Philharmagic. If not interested in seeing some of the shows, check out the following indoor rides: Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Winnie the Pooh, it's a small world, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

Theme Park Warmth Tip #1: While at the Magic Kingdom Park (or any of the others) do not forget to drink lots of hot chocolate to warm up. Hot cocoa at Disney World is the best! (Click Read More)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Boma's Curry Butternut Soup Recipe and Review

By: Kristen Hoetzel of “Cooking with Mickey”

     Curry Butternut Soup from Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Recipe found in Delicious Disney by Pam Brandon (2006). This item is served during lunch and dinner hours on their buffet and is located with about 4 or 5 other delicious soups.

     I recently spent an evening with a close friend of mine and her charming husband. Whenever we get together on a weeknight we tend to make something new and exciting for dinner. For us, it's like our own mini dinner party. Since it's fall and heading into the cold winter months I arrived at her house with the ingredients to make Curry Butternut Soup. Butternut squash is one of those comfort foods that I crave on a cold and cloudy, crisp day and I thought it would be something they'd enjoy.

     Boma's Curry Butternut Soup is a lot like other butternut squash soups. It's rich, smooth and creamy. The twist to this recipe from many others is that instead of the more traditional ingredients like nutmeg and cinnamon it calls for Thai red curry, cumin and coriander. Since there were three of us dining and the soup was to be our entree I tripled the recipe. If I had made it in the quantity that the recipe calls for it would have been enough for everyone to have one small bowl better suited for a starter than a meal. I really enjoyed this recipe and it did taste very similar to what I had tried over at Boma a couple of months earlier. As for the flavor, the curry in the soup adds a nice kick but isn't overpowering due to the cooling effects of the milk and sour cream. On word of advice, when chopping the butternut squash I recommend making the cubes small as the larger they are the longer it will take for them to cook.

     I highly recommend trying this recipe. Whether you'll be serving it as an appetizer or an entree this is a delicious soup.  One that would be perfect to start off a festive holiday meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you will be drinking wine with this something light, white and with a hint of tropical fruit would be perfect.


2 tbs butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
Juice of 2 fresh lemons
2 tsp Thai red curry paste
1 lb butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups milk
4 tbs sour cream
Coarse salt and pepper, to taste

Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook about 5 minutes, until tender.
Add cumin, coriander, lemon juice and curry paste.
Add squash and vegetable stock. Simmer about 20 minutes, or until squash is easily pierced with a fork
Puree soup in batches until smooth. Add salt and pepper to tast.
Return to heat and add milk and sour cream. Do not boil.
Adjust seasoning, if necessary. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.
Cilantro for garnish

Kristen Hoetzel of “Cooking with Mickey”

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