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For families with little girls, booking a princess meal at Disney World is high on the must do list. My daughter is still eager to get dressed up in a princess dress, have her hair put up in a tiara and get ready to dine with the royals. With multiple princess meal options – which one is best suited for your family?

The most famous princess meal at Disney World is Cinderella’s Royal Table located in Cinderella’s Castle. Hosted by Cinderella herself, every family has their picture taken with the royal princess and a photo package is included to commemorate this special occasion. Your entry to the dining hall is a truly magical experience as you look around and immerse yourself in grandeur. While Cinderella greets all her guests downstairs, other Disney princesses stop by your table to visit, allowing for pictures and autographs. Those families with reservations before the park opens will be granted early access to Main Street in the Magic Kingdom but be sure to arrive early that you can stop and have your picture taken in front of the castle without families in the background! This extravagant meal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those with a dining package, this meal will cost two table service credits and the cost per person for those without a dining package will be one of the more expensive meals on property.  I highly recommend this meal but know that obtaining a treasured reservation here may require some flexibility on preferred dining times.

Another favorite princess meal, located in Epcot, is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. This meal, located in a medieval castle, also features multiple princesses that visit your dining table. At breakfast time, the American meal choices are served family style, with lunch and dinner featuring both buffet and a-la-carte choices for everyone to partake of. These lunch and dinner options have European-style dining selections for adults with common American food options also available for the children. This meal also comes with a photo package featuring the host princess for the day.  At a much more reduced price, and only costing one table service credit, this meal can be one of the more affordable selections for families seeking the Disney princess experience without losing the royal atmosphere.

A less common Princess meal available is for Cinderella’s biggest fans. Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 1900 Park Fare features Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner each night, hosted not only by Cinderella but also by Prince Charming! Both Cinderella and Prince Charming take the time to visit each table for photos and autographs and will entertain you by dancing as they did the first night they met. While the meal is not located in a castle, the characters are the biggest hit with the guests. Lady Tremaine, along with Anastasia and Drizella are fabulous as they stay in character during interactions with diners but are still able to walk the fine line of not scaring or intimidating the young children. The dinner is served buffet style with a wide variety of selections to please all palates. The price of this meal is comparable to that at Akershus, and requires only one table service credit.

Your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist is happy to help you book any of these amazing princess meals. Simple practice your royal curtsy and bow and get ready to dine the way the royals do!

 

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist

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 If you want over-the-top Disney fun, spacious rooms, and a great location to the parks then the Art of Animation may be the next resort for you to stay at Walt Disney World!
 
For our summer vacation my family stayed at the Art of Animation, Disney’s newest resort and new option for large families.  The Art of Animation are family value suites (with one section of the resort for standard rooms), that have a separate living and sleeping area (sleeps 6), two full bathrooms and a kitchenette that includes a small refrigerator, sink and microwave.  The attention to details in our CARS suite was fantastic!  Our boys loved finding all the safety cones used throughout the suite and the various references to the two CARS movies used throughout the suite.rsz_img_0328_1
 
Although considered a value resort, we found this resort full of amenities.  The specially themed areas centered around Nemo, CARS, Lion King and The Little Mermaid (standard room building) were fun to explore.  The main pool is the The Big Blue Pool (it has underwater speakers) and themed after Nemo.  In this area, you will find a zero entry access pool, a water splash area for little ones and even pool games hosted by Disney cast members.  We swept the Disney Guess Who? poolside game and proudly took home a beach ball for our outstanding efforts.  The pool in the CARS area of the resort  is surrounded by Cozy (cabana) Cones and a Little Mermaid pool is being watched over by King Tritan and Ariel.  In addition to the pools, The Elephant Graveyard soft play area is a must for any Lion King fan and the slides at Squirt and friends is a great place to run and have some fun.rsz_img_0324
 
Other fun perks of this fantastically themed resort include Disney Movies every night on the outdoor screen, pin trading boards each night in the Ink and Paint Shop, arcade games in the Pixel Parade Arcade, and sketching/drawing on easels with an Artist of the Day picked each night.  As for dining, you will find a variety of delicious choices at the Landscape of Flavors food court area in Animation Hall.  If you want more dining and shopping, you can walk over the Generation Gap Bridge that crosses Hourglass Lake and enjoy dining and shopping at Disney’s Pop Century as well.
 
rsz_img_0333The Art of Animation is a colorful, Disney themed resort full of personality.  We loved being situated right in the middle of Radiator Springs with Luigi, Guido and the Tower of Tires just outside our room.  Memories of  splashing with Nemo and friends in the Big Blue Pool, pictures with the characters from CARS and exploring Pride Rock will keep our hearts full until our next visit to Walt Disney World and our return stay to the Art of Animation.

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

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Lots of “spooktacular” fun awaits guests at this year’s  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event at Walt Disney World.  This special ticketed event occurs on select nights with a limited number of tickets available.   Families (yes mom and dad too) are encouraged to dress up in family friendly Halloween costumes, as they trick-or-treat with some of their favorite Disney characters.  

 Jack Skellington and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas will greet guests for the first time at the Main Street Square.  Phineas and Ferb return this year, but are now in charge of the Creepa Crew, the crew that gets the crowd ready for the parade on Main Street, U.S.A.   A Monstrous Scream-O-Ween dance party is being hosted by Mike and Sulley at the Rockettower Plaza in Tomorrowland, while “Woody’s Happy Harvest Roundup” dance party with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye will be happening at the Diamond Horseshoe Review Square.

At the Halloween stage show located at the Castle Stage, classic Disney villains perform in a Halloween  show and will be available for meet and greets after the show, so be sure to stick around!  Guests are given Trick or Treat Bags to use to collect candy throughout the Magic Kingdom.  This year two treat trails have been added, as well as one or two surprise treat stations throughout the park.  You will delight in visiting with rarely seen characters like, Christopher Robin, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion and ALL Seven Dwarfs!!!

 Mickey’s “Boo-to-YOU!” Halloween Parade begins with an entrance from the Headless Horseman followed by parade floats of your favorite Disney characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes, as well as your favorite Disney villains.   You won’t want to miss the Haunted Mansion Float, as well as the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show that is exclusive to this event and only offered once during the party.

Looking to create even more memories that your family will talk about for years to come?  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is just another “spooktacular”  memory your children will have from their trip to Walt Disney World.

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist

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The Candlelight Processional is a beautifully retold story of Christmas intertwined with holiday music.  The performance includes a 50-piece orchestra as well as a mass choir.  There is also an American Sign Language Interpreter provided so that everyone can take part.  The music is absolutely gorgeous and is a nice way to unwind and relax after a day in the park. 

Narrated by a celebrity guest host, this event is available every night at the America Gardens Theater (between the Japan pavilion and the Italy pavilion) from November 29 – December 30.  There are three performances available each night (5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm). While you will need a park entrance ticket to enjoy this performance, you do not need an event ticket to see it.  For more information on the celebrity guest hosts contact your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist.

Anyone in the park can enjoy the processional however, if you would like to insure a seat there are some fantastic Dinner Packages available.  The Dinner packages can be booked by your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist at no extra cost.  You will receive guaranteed seating at the outdoor theater.  This is a big plus since the seating is first come, first serve!  Just choose from the following list of participating restaurants to enjoy lunch or dinner.  When your meal is finished your server will present you with badges for everyone in your party to allow you into the theater seating.  You will also be permitted into the VIP viewing area for Epcot’s Illuminations.

Restaurants available for this package:

Biergarten Restaurant  

Chefs de France

Coral Reef

Garden Grill

La Hacienda de San Angel

Nine Dragons Restaurant

Restaurant Marrakesh

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

San Angel Inn Restaurant

Teppan Edo

Tutto Italia Ristorante

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

 

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I’m so happy to say that healthy eating at Disney World is absolutely possible for all ages!  Disney is accommodating for all dietary needs AND healthy diets have not been overlooked by their amazing chefs.

Disney first accommodates healthy eating by offering an abundance of fresh foods. In fact, Disney World grows many of the fruits and vegetables served on their premises, so what you eat is as fresh as fresh can be!  Not only will you be giving yourself a healthy option, you’ll be giving yourself the fuel that you need to really enjoy your day in the parks. Fresh fruits are particularly enjoyable as a midday snack and can be found all around the parks and resorts.

Sometimes eating healthy at Disney World simply requires asking. Talk to your server about substitutions in your meal. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with how well your requests can be accommodated. Egg whites for your breakfast, veggies instead of fries, sauces and dressings on the side, the list is never-ending on what you can substitute in a meal.

Quick service restaurants also serve great healthy options for guests. You’ll find an abundance of salads, wraps, soups, and grilled delights to please all palates for any on-the-go meal.

Be sure you don’t overindulge when you eat. Portion sizes at Disney World can be very large but don’t feel you need to finish it all. When possible, share a meal with another family member.  Despite the fact that everything at a buffet will seem irresistible, only take what you can comfortably finish.

For children, Disney has started their Mickey Check program for kids. Meeting specific nutritional guidelines, Disney World puts a check beside any children’s meal that ensures they will be getting a balance diet. Baby carrots that have been Mickey approved tend to be gobbled up by many who wouldn’t touch them when at home!

Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be a vacation without an occasion splurge for dessert but Disney World even offers desserts that are healthier options. How about a smoothie, yogurt, fruit cup or even a Dole Whip?

If all else fails, be sure to partake of a meal at Prime Time Café in Hollywood Studios. One of the long standing rules at this fun-loving restaurant is to always eat your vegetables. Trust me – you don’t want to be caught leaving any on your plate or you’ll never hear the end of it!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist