New Italian Restaurant to Debut at Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World

I was just talking to my girlfriends the other day about where we would “carb-load” the night before the 2015 Princess Half Marathon. I think the brand new Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will be just that place!

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A “trattoria” is an Italian restaurant serving simple food, and “al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and this new spot will showcase Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Neopolitan pizzas, by the way, are pizzas in the classic style of Naples, Italy, with simple tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.

A beautiful Italian flywheel slicer slices paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and caponata. Satisfying pastas, velvety seasonal risottos and fresh seafood and vegetables will celebrate the delectable diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes from Italy’s various regions.

Italy is just half the size of Texas but has wonderfully diverse cuisine, and Trattoria al Forno will showcase dishes from Italy’s various regions – for instance, braised beef Bolognese with house-made cavatelli from Bologna, semolina tagliatelli carbonara from Latium (more specifically Rome), pork chop alla Milanese named after the city of Milano. And you’ll find classic Italian favorites: chicken breast alla Parmagiana with tagliatelle pasta; shrimp with garlic, capers and anchovy butter with polenta; whole roasted fish with roasted vegetables; baked lasagna; grilled steak; slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta; and eggplant rollatini.

A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu, and vegetarians will appreciate the ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto.

Add a classic Italian dessert with an after-dinner cappuccino for a perfect ending. Look for tiramisù, lemon panna cotta with almond crunch and berries, gelatos, and the signature bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Wines will be 100 percent Italian from historic wine regions including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, with over 60 offerings by the bottle and more than 25 wines by the glass – Chiantis, Super Tuscans and fine Italian white wines such as Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, with a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for Trattoria al forno.

We can’t wait to share more information and photos, stay tuned. Reservations will be accepted in several weeks – we’ll be sure to let you know the date. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for giving us this great update!

Will you be dining at this new Italian Restaurant?

How about a trip to Disney and Universal Orlando?

Everyone goes to Orlando to see the Big Cheese- Mickey Mouse. But did you know there is more to Orlando than just Walt Disney World?

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You can easily visit Universal Orlando Resort at the end of your Disney Vacation. Who doesn’t love that idea? With all of the new attractions at Universal Orlando including Transformers The Ride 3-D and the opening of the brand new Springfield USA how could you not want to visit. And don’t forget there is more than one famous Castle in Orlando, Hogwarts takes center stage at Islands of Adventure.

You can add a 1, 2 or 3 night stay at a Universal Orlando On-Site resort and take advantage of the MANY perks such as Early Entry into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, UNLIMITED Express Passes (front of the line access) and transportation from your Disney resort to your Universal Orlando Resort and then back to the airport at the end of your stay.

So what are you waiting for, book your Magic and Adventure to Universal Orlando Resort today! It’s two vacations in one.

Jennifer is a Universal Parks and Resort Specialist with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her today for a FREE Quote at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com

Disney Children’s Activity Centers

Everyone knows that Disney is the number 1 family vacation destination on the planet, but that doesn’t mean Mom and Dad can’t go on a date while they are on vacation. If they paid for it, I certainly think they deserve 2 hours out of 7 days of crazy kids, long lines and french fries in their hair at the end of a park day.

Did you know that Disney offers on-site Children’s Activity Centers?

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Here is what you can expect from this service:

  •  Supervised Fun

Make crafts, play games, watch Disney movies and eat dinner at these fun spots for kids.

Dinner is included in the cost of the service, and parents can order kid-friendly fare for their children when they check in. A snack is also served at 10:00 PM.

Kids must be 3 to 12 years of age (4 to 12 years of age at Camp Dolphin) and fully potty-trained

  • Children’s Activity Centers are located at select Resort hotels.

Locations include:

  • Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Never Land Club at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Cub’s Den at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Hours vary based on location. Please call (407) 939-3463 or the Resort hotel’s Front Desk for more information and operating hours. For more information about Camp Dolphin, please call (407) 934-4241.Advance reservations are recommended for all locations, except Camp Dolphin where they are required. Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival to the Resort by calling (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463.Same-day walk-ins are also welcome based on availability.

Before you shudder at the fact that you will have to spend 24 hours/7 days a week on your expensive Disney dream vacation with your kids (don’t pretend you aren’t, I’m a Mom so let’s be honest), consider an on-site activity center for your next visit. You can enjoy a nice meal at various signature Disney restaurants while the kids have a blast!

Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Universal Specialist with Destinations in Florida. Contact her for a free quote or to book your next Disney or Universal vacation at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or  

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Star Wars Weekend are Coming

Hold onto your light sabers Star Wars Fans! Star Wars Weekends at Disneys Hollywood Studios are right around the corner. This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 – June 9, 2013.

One of Mickey Mouse’s favorite things about Star Wars Weekends is that he gets to dress in his Jedi best and join the galactic fun. Each year, Mickey seems to take on a different role in the official “Star Wars” Weekends logo. This year, his imagination takes him to the Forest Moon of Endor, where he is seen zipping away from scout troopers with Chip and Dale. Mickey’s wild speeder bike ride on this year’s artwork has historical significance, as 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” — the film that featured the Battle of Endor.

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I am so excited that I will be able to attend this years events on Saturday May 25, and I can’t wait to bring you all live updates and a full report when I return!

To book your vacation package for Star Wars Weekends contact Jennifer, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida. http://www.destinationsinflorida.com/jennifergreene

Dumbo an icon in Magic Kingdom Park

Guests of all ages are invited to fly high in the sky with Dumbo The Flying Elephant in this classic attraction at Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom theme park. No trip to Disney is complete without a high-flying adventure on this icon.  I can’t tell you how upset I was when we took my daughter for her 1st trip and Dumbo was down for repairs as they added Storybook Circus to Magic Kingdom. (I knew a lot of trips were in our future so I didn’t have too much of a meltdown over it)

Dumbo The Flying Elephant is inspired by the title character from the 1941 Disney animated motion picture. And now, you can fly like Dumbo, too! On this ride, you’ll take to the skies with Dumbo as he practices his new found abilities.

During your aerial adventure around the circus, maneuver the easy-to-handle joystick inside your Dumbo gondola up or down to control just how high—or how low—you want to go. Guests of all ages are sure to love this magical, fantastical flight that offers great views of the vibrant Storybook Circus.

After the initial opening, this classic ride doubled in size—and fun—when Dumbo was joined by his twin in summer 2012 for a ride that features 2 squadrons of airborne pachyderms!

If your little ones (or big ones) are too scared to ride Dumbo there is still a photo-op with Dumbo by the attraction. Be sure to ride at night, so you can see the Magic Kingdom as it lights up the nights sky.

Let Jennifer help plan your next Disney Vacation. She is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida. Contact her today for a FREE quote. www,destinationsinflorida.com/jennifergreene