Golf at Disney WorldAnother one of Disney’s best {but one of the most exciting} kept secrets is Walt Disney World® Golf.  It is located right on Disney property across from Disney’s Polynesian and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts. There are two championship courses: Disney’s Palm, Disney’s Magnolia, and a 9-hole walking course: Disney’s Oak Trail.  Also across from Disney Springs is their third championship course, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista golf course.  All are an exhilarating yet relaxing way to take a break from the theme parks but still have an amazing time!

 

As a previous cast member with the Walt Disney World Resort, I had the awesome opportunity to experience all that Disney Golf had to offer! My department even surprised my colleagues and I for Administrative Professionals Week with a morning outing to the courses.  Not only did we get to have a world class tour of the property, but we were able to participate in a quick putt around the green! We even got to head out {on the Mickey golf cart} to the driving range and try our hand on some sweet swings! Golf at Disney World

 

Walt Disney World® Golf has a wide range of options for your family or groups traveling to Walt Disney World! If you’re looking for a way to get out and enjoy a few rounds of golf – Disney Style – then this is for you!

One More Thing…

Walt Disney World® Golf and Arnold Palmer Golf Management have teamed up to present these NEW Mickey Mouse logo MD3 wedges designed by Callaway Golf! The red, yellow, white, and green weight ports also represent Mr. Arnold Palmer’s famous umbrella logo. See more information, HERE!

 

Golf at Disney World

If you’re a local Floridian, and you’re looking for a FUN and EXCITING new experience close to home, contact a Me and the Mouse agent, today!!  The Magic AND GOLF is just a phone call away!

 

 

Amy Pattee

Travel Specialist

 

 

Photo Credit Courtesy of Anna Lazorchak Sales and Marketing Manager Disney Golf

 

Go Off the Beaten Path with a former Disney Cast Member

There is so much to see and at Walt Disney World. After spending nearly five years as a Cast Member, I today can still say I haven’t done it all. However, one thing about working for Walt Disney World is you have the opportunity to visit at your leisure and see things without being in a rush. My wife and I would often take a trip to the Magic Kingdom at night just to grab an ice cream cone and a churro and stroll the park. We would visit parts of the parks that are quieter and less busy and enjoy strolls through resorts. I’ve decided to list some of the destinations that as a Cast Member I enjoyed visiting. Enjoy these suggestions that feel a little off the beaten path.

Tom Sawyer Island

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom at times can feel a bit busy but a trip to Tom Sawyer’s Island is like a trip to a different park almost. It is quiet and offers a good amount of trails and fun caves. Plus, you can get fun views of The Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Railroad.

 

Animal Kingdom

There are so many places at Animal Kingdom that are off the beaten path. I enjoy strolling through Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Here you can walk through a peaceful setting with trees, animals and nature around. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

 

Polynesian Resort

Many people travel through the Polynesian Resort to get to the laua but don’t stop and enjoy it’s beauty. The newly renovated lobby is beautiful and walking past the main swimming pool to the shore will get you great views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Plus, it’s home to pineapple Dole Whips! 

Wilderness Lodge Resort

Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness

Both of these locations feel like they are an oasis within Disney World. Both feel like you are in a beautiful mountain area and offer incredible views Bay Lake. The lobby of Wilderness Lodge is impressive and a stop at the geyser is always fun. Plus, both locations offer some good ol home cooking food!

Ryan Gross

Travel Specialist

‘Ohana Means “Family” and Families love ‘Ohana

One of my family’s favorite sit-down restaurants at Walt Disney World is ‘Ohana located on the second floor of the beautiful Polynesian Resort, which offers monorail service, with direct access to Magic Kingdom. Please note breakfast and dinner are offered and have a set price and menu. ‘Ohana is extremely popular and reservations are required.

Breakfast 'Ohana Restaurant Review

Breakfast at ‘Ohana with Lilo and Stitch is a great way to start your day!  Enjoy a relaxing breakfast served family style with all-you-care-to-eat offerings of island-style fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, Hawaiian pork sausage, smoked bacon, Mickey-shaped waffles and a variety of fresh fruit and breads.  Disney characters stop at your family’s table to visit, sign autographs and pose for pictures.  Each family gets to take advantage of some quality one-on-one time with their Disney friends.  Watch out for Stitch – he likes mischief!


Hidden Disney Secret:  If your children want to visit and mingle with their favorite Disney characters, character dining is for you! Instead of standing in long, hot lines at the parks, the Disney Characters come to visit your family while you dine. You will also have more time at the parks to enjoy the rides, shows, and parades.

Dinner & Dessert

Dinner at ‘Ohana is a fabulous experience served family style with all-you-care-to-enjoy Hawaiian 'Ohana Restaurant Reviewofferings.  Your dinner is cooked on a massive fire pit in the center of the restaurant. The chefs prepare long skewers of meat and shrimp.

After you are seated, your server will bring out a loaf of delicious ‘Ohana pineapple coconut bread.  It is tempting to fill up on this bread, but pace yourself throughout this meal because your server will continue to bring out amazing food!

Additional offerings brought to your table including: A large plate of noodles tossed in a teriyaki sauce with fresh vegetables and honey-coriander chicken wings (which are amazing!).  Your servers will bring out the main course on long skewers. They will be filled with grilled chicken, oak-grilled steak, and shrimp.  For dessert, you will enjoy ‘Ohana Bread Pudding served a la mode with bananas, vanilla ice cream and Carmel Sauce.  My family looks forward to this dessert every trip.  It is over-the-top delicious.

'Ohana Restaurant ReviewPlease note characters are not available during dinner. However, children have the opportunity to participate in activities such coconut races and hula hoop games. You will be given a traditional lei and experience live Hawaiian music to immerse you into the authentic Hawaiian culture. Family participation is part of the unique entertainment experience with activities such as learning to hula, celebrating special family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries with a Hawaiian flair.

 

Make Your Meal Even More Magical!

Maximize your dining experience by making your reservation about an hour before the fireworks at Magic Kingdom or anytime during the fireworks display. Request a window table during check-in for your dinner reservation.  Large windows, spanning from floor to ceiling, provide spectacular views of the fireworks while dining. Magic Kingdom directly pipes in music to the restaurant.  This is the perfect place to relax and avoid the crowds at the park.

Menu items are current but are subject to change without notice. 'Ohana Restaurant Review

 

Tell your Me and The Mouse agent if you’d like to add ‘Ohana to your family’s dining plan!

 

Traci Perjak

Disney Vacation Planner

 

 

 

Everyone Is Family at Ohana’s!  
 
Welcome Cousin!  ‘Ohana is a Hawaiian for “family” and that’s how you will feel when you enjoy you Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch, and their friends (usually Mickey in his favorite Hawaiian shirt and Pluto) at this beautiful Polynesian Village Resort restaurant.
 
‘Ohana’s is a popular dining destination for guests, so you will want to book early (dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance) to ensure this dining experience is on your itinerary    This restaurant is located on the upper level of the Polynesian Village Resort and easily accessible by the monorail.  This character breakfast  is all-you-can-eat and served family-style, which my family appreciates.  This allows us to enjoy our breakfast as a family and talk about our day without having to interrupt our conversations while someone heads off to a buffet.
 
Your “Cousin” will warmly greet you and show you to your table.  If you are lucky to be seated near the window, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Guests will love the basket of Hawaiian “welcome bread”, which is  flavored with pineapple and coconut, as well as iced cinnamon bread.   Both were delicious and you will find yourself thinking about that warm, delicious bread months after your Disney vacation.  Next a plate of fresh fruit and melons arrives,  followed by the family skillet, which includes the traditional breakfast favorites: Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs), Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes with Carmelized Onions & Scallions), Pua’a (Pork Offerings – Sausage Links & Bacon) and biscuits.  Everyone’s favorite Mickey Waffles are also included with this memorable meal.  Stitch’s favorite juice, a blend of Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava juice,  is a great compliment to the meal.ohana1
 
This delightful character breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch, as well as Mickey and Pluto, has been a family favorite and on our dining itinerary for our last 5 Walt Disney World vacations!!!  Stitch went “crazy” for our 5 month old son on our first visit.  He insisted on joining us at our table to hold the baby!  We have found the character interactions to be wonderful and not rushed.  My children love participating in the “Ohana Family Parade”, where Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, and Mickey form a conga line and dance and sing around the restaurant accompanied by a ukulele player. 
 
If you are looking for a delicious breakfast and a  great start to your morning, include ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast to your dining itinerary and your trip to Walt Disney World.


Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist