Jedi BraydenCalling all Padawans!!!  There is a strong disturbance in the Force and the Jedi Masters have gathered the potential young Padawans to train and prepare for an epic encounter.  Your youngling will learn the way of the Force by stating the Jedi Oath, as well as lightsaber training before confronting the Dark Forces that are present.  Whether your young Jedi confronts Darth Vadar or Darth Maul, this galactic battle will be a memorable event for any Star Wars fan. 

Here’s how to sign up:Jedi Training - Landon-1

  • You must be between the ages of 4-12 and with a parent to sign up.
  • Be at Hollywood Studios at opening.  There are only 12 spaces per show for the Jedi-to-be, so arrive early.  Head to the Indiana Jones Adventurers Outpost, just past the 50s Prime Time Cafe and look for the sign.
  • Once signed up you will be asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the assigned show, 10 minutes prior they are walked down to the stage. 
  • Check the Daily Times Guide for show times.  Shows are typically at the following times but since this is an outdoor event there may be cancellations due to inclement weather.
  • 9:40AM
  • 10:40AM
  • 11:40AM
  • 12:40AM
  • 1:10PM
  • 1:40PM
  • 2:40PM
  • 3:40PM
  • 4:10PM
  • 4:40PM
  • 5:10PM
  • 5:40PM
  • 6:10PM
  • 7:10PM
  • 8:00PM
  •  The show typically lasts 20 minutes.
  •  Family members are given spots at the front and a PhotoPass Photographer will be on hand taking photos.   Photos of your child can be added to your PhotoPass account at the Cover Story photo shop after the show. 

May the Force be with you!

 

 

imagesCAD3INM4While on your Disney World vacation you’ll experience tons of family fun and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.   After you’ve spent a day in the parks or poolside with your family you may want to spend an evening with your significant other in a more grown-up setting. But the kids don’t have to sit through a “boring” night at an elegant restaurant or evening show. There are several child care options within the resorts that are sure to entertain!imagesCALXPZ4J

When you are a resort guest you can choose from several child activity center locations.  All of the clubs have different themes and hours of operation vary.  The Neverland Club at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, for example, looks like Wendy Darling’s (from Peter Pan) bedroom. Children enter the club through Wendy’s window and experience an elaborately themed play area.  Most recommend a reservation (Camp Dolphin requires a reservation) but walk-ins are welcome when space is available.  Children ages 3-12 and fully potty-trained are accepted (Camp Dolphin 4-12 years of age).

Simba’s Clubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Cub’s Den at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
The Neverland Club at Disney’s Polynesian ResortimagesCATR1LAK

All  clubs are staffed by Disney Cast Members and are available from 4:30 pm – midnight.  Your little one can make crafts, play games, watch Disney movies and eat dinner (dinner is included in the price of child care, dining credits can not be accepted).  You choose kid-friendly food options when you drop off your child and a snack is provided at 10:00 pm.sand castle club

Another option for child care when staying at a Disney Resort is in-room kids’ night out. This is one-to-one child care provided in the comforts of your own room.  This service includes arts and crafts, reading and playing games and is available for children 6 months to 12 years of age. Hourly rates vary with the number of children to be cared for.   There is also a minimum of 4 hours of babysitting and surcharge for sitting after 9 pm. There is also a $10 transportation fee for the sitter.

Bring your family and make your own magical memories!

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Fine dining at Disney World is as easy as heading to one of many locations all around the resort where service and dining selections go above and beyond. Recently I was able to experience one of these amazing restaurants and I can tell you that this is a treat that everyone should enjoy.

Seemingly tucked into the corner on the 2nd floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, is one of Disney’s great fine dining experiences – Cítricos. With an old world atmosphere, the American and Mediterranean infused menu served here is perfect for a food connoisseur. This is a restaurant where the service intentionally slows down to allow you to enjoy the moment, savor each course as it comes to you, and allow you to simply be in the moment. In a world where we are continually rushed, this calm time was definitely a refresher to not only the body but also to the soul.   

Tables in the restaurant offer one of many views. With an open kitchen you may watch the chef prepare your selections, overlook the manicured courtyard, or if your dining timing is perfect during the dinner only service, you can get a spectacular view of the Wishes fireworks over in Magic Kingdom. I loved how our dessert was timed with the fireworks and I was entranced by the display through the large scale window located at the far side of the dining room.

With multiple courses to enjoy, our group chose to sample as much as we could manage for an evening. For our first course, we sampled the Seafood Escabèche, a selection of seafood appetizers that were equally delicious. For the main meal, our choices were the Veal Shank and the Berkshire Pork Two Ways. The main courses were filling but not oversized in portion as they left room for dessert without feeling too full. As a chocoholic, the best dessert was the Warm Chocolate-Banana Torte, topped with a chocolate crown and for those wanting something extra refreshing, I recommend the Lemon-Scented Cheesecake.   Cítricos also offers to its patrons plenty of vegetarian selections that are equally delightful.

For groups that would enjoy a higher level of customization in their meal, there is a private chef’s table that seats up to 12 guests located in a private room, near the entry to the restaurant.

Disney’s fine dining experiences require 2 table service credits for those on the dining plan. If you would like a night out with delicious meal and wonderful views, be sure to head to Cítricos. You will not regret this night out in one of Disney’s fine dining restaurants.

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist